King Awarded National Science Foundation Grant
Karen King, associate professor of mathematics education in the Department of Teaching and Learning, was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for $998,955 for the project titled "Teachers' Use of Standards-Based Instructional Materials." Using a mixed-methods research design, the project team will survey a sample of middle school mathematics teachers in the Newark Public Schools about the ways in which they adapt and supplement the Connected Mathematics Project instructional materials and why.
The study will advance the knowledge base about how teachers use Standards-based, particularly NSF-funded, instructional materials in mathematics. The results of this study can begin to move the societal discourse about instructional materials beyond "what works?" and toward a focus on helping teachers be able to effectively use high quality instructional materials. This work will also provide key information to instructional materials developers on how teachers use their materials, aiding them in their designs.