Applying the Curriculum Research Framework in the Design and Development of a Technology-Based Tier 2 Mathematics Intervention

Mathematics interventions aimed at accelerating the learning of students with mathematics difficulties (MD) should be developed through a design science approach such as the Curriculum Research Framework (CRF). Precision Mathematics is a National Science Foundation-funded DRK–12 Design and Development project focused on building mathematical proficiency with the critical concepts and problem-solving skills of early measurement and data analysis among first- and second-grade students with MD. The Precision Mathematics curriculum incorporates (a) technology-based activities that offer individualized opportunities for instruction and practice and (b) hands-on activities that promote small-group instructional interactions. Our production of the first-grade Precision Mathematics intervention was grounded in the CRF, which involves a series of iterative cycles of development, implementation field-testing, analysis, and revision. Results from initial implementation studies suggest that teachers and students can feasibly implement the first-grade Precision Mathematics intervention in authentic education settings. Challenges faced in developing technology-based mathematics interventions are discussed.

Doabler, C. T., Clarke, B., Firestone, A. R., Turtura, J. E., Jungjohann, K. J., Brafford, T. L., Sutherland, M., Nelson, N. J., & Fien, H. (2019). Applying the curriculum research framework in the design and development of a technology-based tier 2 mathematics intervention. Journal of Special Education Technology, 34(3), 176–189. doi: 10.1177/0162643418812051