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Tab Title: Abstract Example: Not Yet Acceptable or Incomplete

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The following is an example of an abstract that is not yet acceptable.

"The goal of the project is to determine whether including applications as group activities in College Algebra courses will improve student understanding of the material. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of the results of student survey and grades on the chapter test (exponential and logarithmic functions) compared to results from my previous semesters' College Algebra courses demonstrate that the use of group projects involving applications improves student understanding of material."

Why is this abstract not yet acceptable?

This abstract is not yet acceptable because it is lacking a summary of the methods for the project.

Tab Title: Abstract Example: Acceptable

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The following is an example of an abstract considered acceptable.

"Authentic learning has long been regarded as a preferred teaching method. Incorporating this type of authentic activity can increase students' engagement and improve their quality of work. This is very evident in math, where students often have a disconnect with how it applies to the real world. I have developed group projects involving real-life applications of exponential and logarithmic functions for College Algebra courses. The goal of the project is to determine whether including applications as group activities in College Algebra courses will improve student understanding of the material. The group projects consist of mortgage, bacterial growth and decay, hurricane (data of loss of electricity), and forensics (determining time of death). Groups are determined based on student indicated interests. The projects involve groups of students learning about their chosen application, solving a specific application problem via exponential or logarithmic functions, and presenting their findings in an interactive manner. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of the results of student survey and grades on the chapter test (exponential and logarithmic functions) compared to results from my previous semesters' College Algebra courses demonstrate that the use of group projects involving applications improves student understanding of material."

Why is this acceptable, but not exemplary?

This abstract contains all of the necessary components including the purpose, methods and results. It is not considered exemplary because it is not concise. The beginning of the abstract has several sentences relating to authentic learning. This is not part of the research project. The goal of the project is to determine whether including applications as group activities will improve student understanding of the material. The project does not measure whether authentic activities improve student learning.

Tab Title: Abstract Example: Exemplary

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The following is an example of an abstract considered exemplary.

"I have developed group projects involving real-life applications of exponential and logarithmic functions for College Algebra courses. The goal of the project is to determine whether including applications as group activities in College Algebra courses will improve student understanding of the material. The group projects consist of mortgage, bacterial growth and decay, hurricane (data of loss of electricity), and forensics (determining time of death). Groups are determined based on student indicated interests. The projects involve groups of students learning about their chosen application, solving a specific application problem via exponential or logarithmic functions, and presenting their findings in an interactive manner. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of the results of student survey and grades on the chapter test (exponential and logarithmic functions) compared to results from my previous semesters' College Algebra courses demonstrate that the use of group projects involving applications improves student understanding of material."

Why is this abstract exemplary?

The abstract contains the purpose, methods, and results in a concise manner.


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