Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2011

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Keith Saylor

Second Committee Member

Terrence McCain

Third Committee Member

Alberta J. Thyfault


A handbook for implementing "Student Team Learning" as an alternative teaching strategy for middle level math teachers was developed after conducting extensive action research project within a sixth grade math classroom. A literature review on barriers to learning mathematics in middle schools and Student Team Learning as a teaching strategy was conducted. An action research project was conducted and from the pre to post-test data and best practices implementation regarding student team learning methods the handbook project was constructed. The handbook includes an introduction to Student Team Learning; guidelines for implementation; a student attitude survey; lesson practice questions, review sheets, and pre/post-check quizzes·; a classroom newsletter; student data forms and individual/team recognition awards; and resources.