NSF DRK12 Research Grant

Enhancing Students’ Capacity to Develop and Communicate Their Understanding Using Digital Inscriptional Resources

2016 -

We are pleased to announce that a recent National Science Foundation DRK-12 collaborative proposal has been awarded to Michigan State University and the Concord Consortium. Funding for Collaborative Research: Enhancing Middle Grades Students’ Capacity to Develop and Communicate Their Mathematical Understanding of Big Ideas Using Digital Inscriptional Resources has been awarded to Principal Investigators (P.I.); Elizabeth Phillips, Alden Edson, Joseph Krajcik, and Kristen Bieda of MSU, along with Chad Dorsey of the Concord Consortium. Using the Connected Mathematics Project materials, the combined efforts of MSU and Concord Consortium aim to create a collaborative, digital environment to research students’ ability to communicate mathematical understanding. A major goal of project is to help students deepen and make visible their understanding of mathematics. We propose to support students to collaboratively construct, manipulate, and interpret shared representations of mathematics using digital inscriptional resources. To this end, the research activities will significantly enhance our understanding of student learning in mathematics in three important ways. We will report on how (1) evidence of student thinking is made visible through the use of digital inscriptional resources, (2) student inscriptions are registered, talked about, and manipulated in collaborative settings, and (3) students’ conceptual growth of big mathematical ideas grows over time. The total award of $2,997,801 will be used to facilitate the project from September 2016 to August 2020.