Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Nurturing Multiplicative Reasoning in a Computerized Conceptual-Modeling Environment (NMRSD-CCME)"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2010 - DURI
Research area(s):
Mathematics education, special education, and Computer Science
Project Description:
Nurturing Multiplicative Reasoning in Students with Learning Disabilities in a Computerized Conceptual-Modeling Environment (NMRSD-CCME) is a NSF supported five-year research and development project (2008-2013) that will augment teaching practice by providing the tools to analyze student conceptions and enact best-practice on an individual, student-needs basis. The purpose of this project is to: (a) create a research-based model of how students with learning disabilities or difficulties (LD) develop multiplicative reasoning via reform-oriented pedagogy, (b) convert the model into a computer system that dynamically models every student's evolving conceptions and recommends tasks to promote her/his advancement to higher level, standard-based multiplicative structures and operations, and (c) study how this computerized teaching tool impacts student outcomes, including diminishing the gap between SLDs and their normal achieving peers (NAPs).
Expected Student Contributions:
1) attend weekly research meetings; (2)involve in micro-soft computer-assisted instructional design (e.g., node mapping development, screen display design); debugging the program; (3) participate in school site visits: monitor or facilitate students’ use of the intelligent tutor or computer system (with elementary 4th grade students with learning difficulties in math problem solving), take notes on any problems or bugs that the computer program may have and/or students’ reactions to the program.
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Desired Qualifications:
Knowledge and skills in micro-soft computer-assisted instructional design, programming experience in general is preferred (specifically, know or eager to learn Flash Actionscript). Most importantly, passion for elementary math education and working with students with learning difficulties.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Xin, Yan Ping
educational studies

Student Supervisor

Yan Ping Xin
Associate professor

Cooperating Faculty

Dr. Luo Si
Computer Science, COS
Dr. Ron Tzur
math education