The Effects of Vocabulary Learning Strategies in Mathematical Instruction on Ninth-Grade Students' Coordinate Algebra Achievement


  • Annette Payne Liberty County High School
  • Dr. Lina B. Soares Georgia Southern University



vocabulary learning strategies, mathematical instruction, word wall, graphic organizers


The purpose of this study was to investigate if adding the vocabulary learning strategies of an interactive word wall and graphic organizers to mathematical instruction was an effective method to increase student achievement in mathematics for two ninth-grade coordinate algebra classes. The 45 participants in the study were members of two co-taught ninth grade coordinate algebra classes in the Southeastern United States. This study used a quasi-experimental design with a pre-assessment/post assessment. An analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) was used to compare the achievement levels of the two classes, as measured by the post assessment. The results did not show a significant difference between the post assessment scores of the experimental class using graphic organizers and an interactive word wall compared to the control class that did not. The results of this study may be important to teachers as they implement the Common Core State Standards, the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards, and the Mathematical Practice Standards.

Author Biographies

  • Annette Payne, Liberty County High School

    Annette Payne ([email protected]) just completed her Education Specialist degree at Georgia Southern University. She currently teaches 9-12 grade mathematics at Liberty County High School. 

  • Dr. Lina B. Soares, Georgia Southern University

    Dr. Lina B. Soares ([email protected]) is an Associate Professor at Georgia Southern University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Soares's research focuses on adolescent literacy and reading in the content areas. She has published and presented on these topics in international, national, and state settings.

The Effects of Vocabulary Learning Strategies in Mathematical Instruction






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How to Cite

Payne, A., & Soares, L. B. (2015). The Effects of Vocabulary Learning Strategies in Mathematical Instruction on Ninth-Grade Students’ Coordinate Algebra Achievement. Georgia Journal of Literacy, 38(2), 13-23.

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