EDC Partners with UNC, Horizon on New Research Collaboration

Jill Neumayer DePiper

In a new three-year study, EDC, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, and Horizon Research will examine how middle school students’ record keeping strategies support their thinking as they work on challenging geometry problems. Jill Neumayer Depiper (at left) is the co-PI for the study: MaRKS (Mathematical Record Keeping Supports Cognition and Communication). Depiper says, “MaRKS builds on EDC's and Horizon’s Fostering Mathematics Success in English Language Learners research. We hope to provide new insights into how students can productively use record keeping, and how tasks can further promote record keeping, to enhance mathematical thinking and learning.”

The team will examine task features that promote useful record keeping for students, generate and test principles for designing tasks to promote useful record keeping, and study the success of the tasks for students who are English Learners and native English speakers. Of particular importance to teachers, the team will assess the success of the principles for task design in light of two Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP) in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: “Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them,” and “Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.” The team will disseminate the principles, study findings, and sample tasks to teachers—via articles and presentations—to help illustrate the connection between students’ record keeping and the SMPs.

Last Updated: January 2014