By Mr. Scott Dolesh, Mathematics Faculty
Outcomes in Team Based Learning in Algebra II
My project compares the outcomes of students in Team Based Learning (TBL) Algebra II courses versus students in traditional teacher directed Algebra II courses. I had one Algebra II course that I used the TBL approach, and I had one Algebra II course that I used a traditional teacher directed approach. I also had a colleague who had two Algebra II courses that she taught using the TBL approach, and another colleague who had one Algebra II course that she taught using a traditional teacher directed approach. I compared the outcomes on our two common assessments that we give in Algebra 2: the first being the midterm exam and the second being the final exam.
My study showed that there is statistically significant evidence that the students in the TBL classes had higher exam scores than those taught with the traditional method, especially when it came to the final exam.
Scott Dolesh teaches Mathematics at St. Mark’s and he coaches hockey and golf. He earned a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College and a Master of Mathematics for Educators from WPI. He lives on campus with his wife and three kids.