Effect of a computer-delivered math fact intervention as a supplemental intervention for math in third and fourth grades

Jun 27, 2013, 15:57 PM
Burns, M. K., Kanive, R., & Degrande, M. (2010). Effect of a computer-delivered math fact intervention as a supplemental intervention for math in third and fourth grades. Remedial and Special Education, 1-8.

Characteristics

  • This study investigated the effectiveness of using a computer-based math fluency intervention to improve the math fact fluency of elementary students identified as “at-risk” in the area of math.
  • Two hundred sixteen 3rd and 4th grade students identified as at-risk participated in the intervention.
  • All participants had scored below the 35th percentile on the Star Math achievement test.
  • Their math fact fluency performance was compared to 226 students in a control group that were also identified as at-risk in math.
  • Intervention participants used MFF, which is a software program that has students independently work on math problems for 5-15 minutes in a single session.
  • MFF includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems and provides users with corrective feedback for each problem.

Setting

  • Students throughout the U.S. participated in the study from their schools.

Method

  • Each subject completed the computerized Star Math test as a pre- and post-intervention measure.
  • After completing the pretest, participants used MFF at least 3 times per week in their classes for an average of 11 weeks.
  • Control participants were students who only used MFF an average of 1.5 times each week for an average of 3 weeks only, and thus, did not participate in the intervention for a sufficient amount of time.

Results

  • Results revealed that intervention participants made significantly larger gains on the Star Math than control group participants.
  • In addition, 42.8% of intervention participants raised their Star Math score to above the 25th percentile and, thus, were no longer classified as “at-risk” in the area of math.
  • The results suggest that MFF is an effective supplemental intervention that can be used to efficiently increase the math fluency of elementary students.
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