Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education


First Advisor

Dr. Amanda Thomas

Date of this Version

Spring 4-24-2020


Johnson, K. L. (2020). Learning opportunities of multiplication fluency in open source k-5 mathematics curriculum. [Unpublished mater's thesis]. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Arts, Major: Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education, Under the Supervision of Professor Amanda Thomas. Lincoln, Nebraska: May 2020

Copyright 2020 Katie Lynn Johnson


Three open source K-5 mathematics curricula, Bridges in Mathematics, Eureka Mathematics, and Texas Go Math!, were analyzed and coded to determine what learning opportunities they provided for students to develop multiplication fluency. Multiplication fluency is achieved when conceptual and procedural knowledge are layered to allow the learner to process the information. Across the three sets of materials, 429 items were coded, with 69.93% being coded as items that afforded the development of procedural knowledge. One of the goals of this study was to determine how curricular materials support rote learning versus more layered [scaffolded] learning. It was determined that Texas Go Math! was the curricular material that provided the most layered learning opportunities for multiplication fluency.

Advisor: Amanda Thomas