Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

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

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2011 - DURI
Research area(s):
Mathematics education, special education, and Computer Science
Project Description:
Nurturing Multiplicative Reasoning in Students with Learning Difficulties 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 a higher level of conceptual and procedural understanding of math problem solving, and (c) study how this computerized teaching tool impacts student outcomes, including diminishing the gap between students with LD and their normal achieving peers (NAPs). This will be our year 4 study. We will conduct the filed test of our beta version of the CCME system with 15 4th graders with LD and 15 3rd graders without LD. We will evaluate the system by comparing the learning process and outcomes of students with and without LD; and we will judge the effect of the system on closing the achievement gap.
Expected Student Contributions:
1) Attend weekly research meetings; 2) participate in elementary school site visits: monitor or facilitate students’ use of the CCME intelligent tutor or computer program, take notes on any problems or bugs that the computer program may have and/or students’ reactions to the program, and 3) participate in identifying the "bugs" or problems in the program.
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Desired Qualifications:
Passion for elementary math education; experiences and skills in working with elementary students with and without learning difficulties; Knowledge in elementary mathematics conceptual and procedural understanding is a plus.
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
Dept of Computer Science