Pre-K

The Inquiry Project: Seeing Weight, Grasping Density (Doubler, Carraher, Asbell-Clarke)

⁃What does it look like to begin reasoning early about density before definitions and formulas?

⁃What sorts of classroom activities and teaching approaches might support this?

Author/Presenter: 
Susan Doubler
David Carraher
Jodi Asbell-Clarke
Year: 
2009

SGER: Assessing the Educational, Career and Social Impacts of the XO Laptop Program in Birmingham, AL City Schools (Cotten)

Author/Presenter: 
Shelia Cotten
Year: 
2009
Short Description: 

The goal of this study is to assess the educational, career, and social impacts of disseminating an innovative technology, the XO laptop computer, to minority 4th and 5th grade students in Birmingham City Schools (BCS) in Alabama. This is the largest XO dissemination in the U.S. and the first XO dissemination project to distribute XO laptops to all 1st – 5th grade students in a U.S. school district.

Evaluation of a Learning Trajectory for Length in the Early Years

Author/Presenter: 
Clements, D.
Sarama, J.
Barrett, J.
Van Dine, D.
McDonel, J.
Year: 
2011
Short Description: 

Measurement is a critical component of mathematics education, but research on the learning and teaching of measurement is limited, especially compared to topics such as number and operations. To contribute to the establishment of a research base for instruction in measurement, we evaluated and refined a previously developed learning trajectory in early length measurement, focusing on the developmental progressions that provide cognitive accounts of the development of children’s strategic and conceptual knowledge of measure. Findings generally supported the developmental progression, in that children reliably moved through the levels of thinking in that progression. For example, they passed through a level in which they measured length by placing multiple units or attempting to iterate a unit, sometimes leaving gaps between units. However, findings also suggested several refinements to the developmental progression, including the nature and placement of indirect length comparison in the developmental progression and the role of vocabulary, which was an important facilitator of learning for some, but not all, children.

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