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Enhancing the Teacher-Curriculum Relationship in Problem-Based Mathematics Classrooms by Connecting Teacher and Student Digital Collaborative Environments

Principal Investigators: 

  • Elizabeth Phillips (Michigan State University),
  • AJ Edson (Michigan State University),
  • Kristen Bieda (Michigan State University), 
  • Joseph Krajcik (Michigan State University), 
  • Chad Dorsey (Concord Consortium), and
  • Nathan Kimball (Concord Consortium).

Funding Source: National Science Foundation

Dates: August 1, 2020 to July 31, 2024 (estimated)

Amounts: $1.89 million

Advisory Board:

  • Jinfa Cai (University of Delaware),
  • Jeffrey Choppin (University of Rochester),
  • Funda Gonulates (Northern Kentucky University),
  • Kara Jackson (University of Washington, Seattle),
  • Joseph Krajcik (Michigan State University), and
  • Margaret Smith (University of Pittsburgh).

Project Partners: Concord Consortium

The project will create a digital environment for middle school mathematics teachers to promote collaboration. The digital environment for the teachers links to a student collaborative environment and contains the same problem-based curriculum materials. The environment helps teachers to collaborate and learn from one another. This occurs when teachers plan, teach, and reflect on student learning. The online, digital platform will help teachers work together more easily in networks that might be at different schools. The resources online will include problem-based curriculum materials, classroom artifacts from students, and resources created by teachers. The project will learn about how teachers use resources, collaborate in the digital environment, and support each other through the network. With more curriculum resources being created for online teaching and learning, the project will help understand how mathematics teaching and learning can be best supported.

Acknowledgements

NSF LogoThis work was supported by the National Science Foundation grant DRL-2007842. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.