Date of Completion

Spring 4-20-2016

Campus Location


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Laura Palmer, PhD.

Committee Chair/First Advisor

Kami Anderson, PhD.

Faculty Advisor

Kim Haimes-Korn PhD.

Faculty Representative

Kim Haimes-Korn PhD.


As a student I had always struggled hopelessly with math. I noticed many of my classmates and associates outside of school shared similar experiences with this subject. However, a unique convergence of fortuitous circumstances shed some much needed light on my difficulties with math. Using a creative and communicative approach, I was able to analyze my experience from a rhetorical perspective, which allowed me to see more clearly, not just the problem I was having with math, but the overall problems many seem to have with math education. My findings were astonishing and became the subject of my research for my honors college capstone thesis.