Integrating numerical cognition research and mathematics education to strengthen the teaching and learning of early number [post]

Zachary Hawes, Rebecca Merkley, Daniel Ansari
2019 unpublished
This study reports on the design, implementation, and effects of a 16-week (25-hour) mathematics Professional Development (PD) model for K-3 educators (N=45) and their students (N=180). A central goal of the PD was to better integrate numerical cognition research and mathematics education. The results of the first iteration (Year 1), indicated that compared to a control group, both teachers and students benefitted from the intervention. Teachers demonstrated gains in self-perceived and actual
more » ... merical cognition knowledge, while students demonstrated gains in number line estimation, arithmetic, and numeration. In Year 2, teachers in the intervention group demonstrated greater improvements than the control group on a measure of self-perceived numerical cognition knowledge, but no gains in actual numerical cognition knowledge. At the student level, there was some evidence of gains in numeration. Given the mixed findings, questions remain as to why the model may be effective in one school context but not another.
doi:10.31234/ fatcat:6yu7hq4ha5am7ey3hkyx3owwtq