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NSF grant yields insights on math teaching

Posted by on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 in Fall 2013, Fall 2013, Issue, Research News.

Paul Cobb (Vanderbilt)

A grant of $200,000 from the National Science Foundation will enable Peabody researchers Thomas Smith and Paul Cobb to collaborate with Chinese researchers to identify instructional supports that lead to higher levels of mathematics achievement.

Smith, associate professor of public policy education and director of graduate studies in leadership, policy and organizations, and Cobb, professor in teaching and learning, will work with researchers in China and at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, in hopes of shedding light on the question of what makes math instruction in China more effective than instruction in the United States.

Their research has implications for improving the math achievement of American students, especially under the new Common Core State Standards.

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