Director: Donald Chambers
Funding: Exxon Education Foundation
The Exxon Education Foundation's K-3 Math Specialist program supports the development of K-3 math specialists and their use as a resource in the improvement of mathematics curricula and instruction in the primary grades.
The variety of roles of K-3 Mathematics Specialists has been documented but
little has been said about the knowledge and skills they possess that make them
effective in their work. This study is identifying that knowledge and those
skills. Research questions include:
The initial activity is a visit to each of three project sites-tentatively,
Orlando, Fla; Tucson, Ariz.; and Ventura, Calif. The purpose of the site visits
is to collect information to support the development of a pilot questionnaire.
It is expected that participants may identify knowledge from a range of domains
including mathematics, children's informal knowledge about mathematics,
children's mathematics learning, mathematics teaching, assessing children's
mathematical knowledge, mathematics curriculum, instructional technology,
classroom management, current mathematics reforms, and adult learning.
Persons planning or considering developing and using K-3 Math Specialists in their districts could benefit from the description of expert knowledge identified in this study. The study could be especially valuable to sites considering an application to participate in the K-3 Math Specialist Program.