Open Problems and Supports Project

Building on Connected Mathematics, the project will examine middle school students' mathematics learning and productive disciplinary engagement, as well as teachers' role in the classroom environment.

"Just-In-Time" supports will give students options for seeking help as they work on an open problem and give teachers the opportunity to generate prompts for students working in small groups. 

The study will contribute new knowledge in mathematics education about how to support students' learning and engagement.

Research Questions

  1. How can productive disciplinary engagement be fostered in digital learning environments with open problems and "just-in-time" support? How can student learning of mathematics be enhanced?
  2. What is the nature of productive disciplinary engagement and student learning of mathematics at key development points in a connected sequence of problems and lesson goals?
  3. What information do teachers draw upon where they use open problems and "just-in-time" supports? How do teachers adapt the supports for specific problems?

Selected Classroom Trials & Research Findings