University within School Model: Reflections From The Fifth Grade Students’ Fractional Knowledge Development

Utkun AYDIN

Abstract


Through a university-school partnership, the aim of the present study was to investigate the efforts from University within School Model-based instruction, within which faculty members acted as teacher-researchers, to improve fifth grade students’ fractional knowledge. During 2014-2015, 220 fifth grade students from 2 public middle schools in İstanbul participated in the study. Two groups were selected as experimental (n= 4 classrooms) and control (n= 5 classrooms).  In the experimental groups fractions was taught by teacher-researchers with University within School Model-based instruction, whereas in the control groups the fractions unit was taught by the mathematics teachers with traditional instruction. Data were analyzed by performing Independent Samples t-Test and Two-Factor ANCOVA. Additionally, students’ reflections were presented in order to provide readers with an indepth understanding of the implementation. Results revealed that University within School Model-based instruction, as compared to traditional instruction, had a significant effect on students’ fractional knowledge. Students’ reflections showed that University within School Model-based instruction improved their interest. Educational and methodological implications of the study were discussed.


Keywords


university-school partnership, University within School model, fractions, middle school mathematics

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