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Rice University School Mathematics Project
 

Research Aims

  1. Conduct qualitative (e.g., observations, focus groups, case studies), and quantitative (e.g., survey, quasi-experimental, experimental) research on various aspects of RUSMP programs to cultivate quality mathematics classroom instruction.
  2. Identify empirical research to refine RUSMP’s professional development practices, and, conversely, observe enacted practices to advance RUSMP’s research agenda.
  3. Contribute to the existing body of education research by expanding theories of teacher effectiveness, student motivation, and the role of mathematics in STEM education.
  4. Produce research that supports K-12 mathematics classroom instruction that promotes students’ interest, enjoyment, and motivation for mathematics.
  5. Evaluate RUSMP’s programs.
  6. Conduct program evaluations for partner schools and school districts.
  7. Generate grant funds to enhance mathematics teaching and learning in urban school districts.
  8. Report and disseminate research findings related to mathematics education and teacher education through peer-reviewed academic journal publications and conference presentations/proceedings, in addition to RUSMP’s website, professional meetings, courses, and workshops.

The overall purpose of the department is to facilitate a reciprocal triatic relationship among RUSMP practitioners, RUSMP researchers, and the education community at large to create a synergistic, productive environment that will strengthen both research and practice.

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*Education Community includes the following constituents: school administrators, school faculty, students, education researchers, university faculty, policy-makers, and funders.