Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)



First Advisor

Susan O'Connor

Second Advisor

Audrey Lensmire


Mathematical education in the United States has evolved through the centuries in order to adjust to the demands of society and prepare students for success. A quality mathematics program in our world today requires teachers to have thorough content knowledge, an understanding of students' developmental thought processes, and constructivist teaching principles that are student-centered This study aims to examine students' perspectives on mathematics using qualitative research methods with the goal to produce theories that will help teachers create a math program that is based off of the needs of students as determined from understanding their mathematical perspectives. Centered on qualitative research methods using interviews and descriptive analysis, this study examines students' mathematical thought processes and how educators can understand students' thinking in order to promote deeper levels of conceptual mathematics in students.


SC 11.MAE.2015.Kempe.KM