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Parents Supporting Their Adolescents' Independent Remedial Math Practice: The Effects of a Multi-Component Intervention Package on Math Academic Performance

Mackenzie S Sommerhalder, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


This dissertation examined the effects of high school students’ independent, remedial, home-based math practice while receiving parent support on math computation fluency. The multi-component intervention package encompassed both home-based remedial practice and parent support. Teacher interviews, normative assessments, and a performance-deficit analysis were conducted to identify high-school students who displayed math academic skill deficits. Next, identification and analysis of individual skills (e.g., multiplication, division) to be targeted for intervention occurred for each participant included in the study. A multiple-baseline across participants design was used to examine teaching high school students to choose effective instructional components for math computation and subsequently given support to implement the intervention(s) of their choice on math computation fluency. Conditions were implemented with a high degree of integrity, and results demonstrated that, though there were some performance increases, there were no observable increases in math academic performance and experimental control was not established. Results were discussed in terms of the importance of identifying appropriate instructional antecedents and consequences for establishing stimulus control, providing adolescents with instruction on intervention use, allowing students to choose intervention components, establishing an appropriate balance between parental involvement and support and adolescent autonomy, and determining acceptability of all participants involved. Discussion also focused on the limitations of the current study, including time constraints, treatment integrity, and measurement issues, as well as directions for future research, such as examining intervention components separately, technology use, and exploring treatment strength and intensity in relation to acceptability.

Subject Area

Mathematics education|Educational psychology|Secondary education|Individual & family studies

Recommended Citation

Sommerhalder, Mackenzie S, "Parents Supporting Their Adolescents' Independent Remedial Math Practice: The Effects of a Multi-Component Intervention Package on Math Academic Performance" (2018). ETD collection for University of Nebraska-Lincoln. AAI10827464.