Date of Award


Document Type

Access Controlled Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dr. Carol Bell

Second Advisor

Dr. George Feissner

Third Advisor

Dr. Daniel Driscoll


This project examined: (1) the difficulty that general and special needs students have in understanding mathematics, (2) a breakdown of different learning disabilities, (3) different teaching strategies for success in mathematics, and (4) how to implement these teaching strategies. A survey was given to high school students from ninth to twelfth grade with and without learning disabilities to determine how they perceive their own mathematical disabilities and how they feel they best learn material. With this information, a variety of lessons were created that integrated different teaching strategies and were then piloted with different groups of students that learn best from that strategy. The results of using those lessons are discussed.