MATH 5393: Literature Review & Research Methodology
Fall 2009


Meeting Time/Place: Mondays 5:30-6:45 PM in CS 107
Instructor: Elaine Young
Office Address: ST 207B
Office Phone: 825-2819
E-mail Address: [email protected]
Web Address:
Office hours: by appointment


Reading, analyzing, and synthesizing mathematics education research literature for the purpose of informing teaching practice. A study of qualitative research methods including interviews, case studies, and teaching experiments, with a focus on the components of a research study (research question(s), literature review, conceptual framework, methods, analysis, findings) and the relationships among them.


  • Accepted in the Curriculum Content program and completion of all leveling work
  • Successful completion of 18 hours in the program, specifically MATH 5321, 5325, 5326, 5327, 5328, and 5329
  • Upon receiving credit for this course, students must immediately enroll in MATH 5995 or 5997 and continue that enrollment throughout each semester (including Summer I) until the thesis or project is completed and signed by the committee.


The course will consist of lecture, collaborative groups, class discussions, a field trip to the library and a guest speaker. Students are expected to participate in collaborative groups and whole class discussions by contributing knowledge and thoughtful evaluation of the contribution of others. It is very important that students critically and meaningfully provide feedback and comments on others' work during this course.


• Mathematics Graduate Thesis/Project Guidelines
• APA Manual, 5th edition


The student will be able to --

• Select an appropriate research topic and problem
• Formulate research questions, hypotheses or guiding principles
• Choose an appropriate research methodology for thesis or outline the method for completion of the curriculum project
• Conduct a literature review of the research problem or project
• Write/rewrite a thesis/project proposal and submit for critical review by peers and committee
• Defend their thesis/project proposal orally in front of committee and peers


Completion level
Excellent proposal & defense
Satisfactory proposal & defense
Incomplete proposal & defense
IP (in process)

By the end of the course, you are expected to have your thesis or project proposal satisfactorily completed, defended successfully, signed by all three committee members, and corrected copies to appropriate parties. This will result in a grade for the course and will allow you to enroll in MATH 5995 or 5997 (thesis or project) for the next semester. Not completing your proposal or securing required signatures will result in a grade of IP (in progress) and you will again enroll in the course the next semester.

Upon receiving credit for this course, students must enroll in MATH 5995 or 5997 and continue that enrollment throughout each semester (Summer semester is optional) until the thesis or project is completed and signed by the committee.


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Written work: It is expected that your written work will be excellent in spelling, grammar, and format. The Writing Center is available for help.
Attendance: Attendance is expected; please communicate promptly if you are unable to attend class. You are responsible for any work or learning missed.

Academic Honesty. University students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards of academic honesty. Academic misconduct for which a student is subject to penalty includes all forms of cheating, such as illicit possession of examinations or examination materials, forgery or plagiarism.

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**Grade Appeal Process. As stated in University Rule 13.02.99.C2, Student Grade Appeals, a student who believes that he or she has not been held to appropriate academic standards as outlined in the class syllabus, equitable evaluation procedures, or appropriate grading, may appeal the final grade given in the course. The burden of proof is upon the student to demonstrate the appropriateness of the appeal. A student with a complaint about a grade is encouraged to first discuss the matter with the instructor. For complete details, including the responsibilities of the parties involved in the process and the number of days allowed for completing the steps in the process, see University Rule 13.02.99.C2, Student Grade Appeals, and University Procedure 13.02.99.C1.01, Student Grade Appeal Procedures. These documents are accessible through the University Rules Web site at For assistance and/or guidance in the grade appeal process, students may contact the Office of Student Affairs.