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Creswell (2014) explains that Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches are three approaches to research. He defines qualitative research as “An approach for exploring and understanding the meaning individuals or groups ascribe to a social or human problem” (p. 4). Creswell and Poth (2017) discuss in great details their five qualitative approaches to inquiry: narrative, phenomenological, grounded theory, ethnographic, and case study. They recommend to researchers to identify clearly their qualitative inquiry approach for their work to be classified as scholarly study. My case study qualitative research aims to explore if there is a relationship between the use of technology when teaching math and reduced anxiety of math in ninth …show more content…
Gay, Mills, and Airasian (2005) confirm the importance of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting research in scientific inquiry. To answer my research questions, I will survey the Algebra 1 teachers and students in a Palm Beach School District. Before starting the process, I will contact the Palm Beach School District and the High School Principal for their approbation.
The participants in my study will be four ninth grade algebra1 teachers with their students. After receiving the approbation of the School District and the principal, I will survey and interview twenty-four students. I will randomly select six students from each class with their respective algebra 1 teachers. Those participants will be racially diverse (White, Black, Hispanic, Other), ranging from twelve to fifteen years old. I will select three male and three female students from each of the four algebra 1 teachers classrooms participating in my survey. Ormston, Nicholls, and Ritchie (2013) explain that researchers need to understand clearly the theory and practice of sampling independently of the inquiry approach chosen. They emphasize that it is crucial to make the difference between probability and non-probability samples. Comparing those two options, Nicholls, and Ritchie (2013) state “Quality research in contrast uses non-probability methods for selecting the sample of study. In a non-probability
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This action research study will be conducted at a Community High School that services students’ ages 15 – 20 years old located in the southern region of Palm Beach County, Florida. The school starts at 7:30 am and closes at 2:50 pm. It operates according to block schedule of an average of one hundred ten minutes at the exception of the first period, which is fifty-five minutes. Teachers meet their students every other day with the exception of the first period where they meet every day. In general, the beginning of the school year starts the third week of August and ends the first week of June. The school is a Title 1 one. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES, 2017), this program aims to assure the quality of the education provided by the schools to the low-income students by assisting financially those schools. As of the last week of October two thousand seventeen, the school enrolls two thousand three hundred students. Based on the Palm Beach School District website, there are five hundred twenty students in ninth grade equally divided between male and female. The school has one principal, seven assistant principals, one Exceptional Student Education (ESE) coordinator, and one English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

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