Dr. Holt Wilson, associate professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education (TEHE), recently received new funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project “Collaborative Research: Co-Designing for Statewide Alignment of a Vision for High Quality Mathematics Instruction [VISIONS].”
The collaboration is between UNC Greensboro and three other UNC System institutions: Appalachian State University, UNC Charlotte, and East Carolina University. The project extends the work of the North Carolina Math Collaborative, a partnership of leaders from the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), faculty from nine campuses in the UNC System, and leaders from school districts across the state. The partnership it in its sixth year.
The intent of this collaborative research project addresses the Discovery Research PreK-12 program (DRK-12) teaching strand. DRK-12 seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM) by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of STEM education innovations and approaches.
This project addresses the DRK-12 teaching strand on three levels: by investigating the instructional visions held by educators across various levels of a state educational system; the ways in which these educators’ visions mediate systemic coherence when implementing STEM innovations at scale; and how resources collaboratively designed to promote a shared vision of high quality mathematics instruction (HQMI) support the development of a shared vision of HQMI across the system.
Ultimately, the researchers aim to develop an empirically supported framework for implementing large scale STEM education innovations. To do so, researchers plan concurrent iterations of the design cycle and research to support their understanding of the nature and perceived coherence visions of HQMI held by multiple stakeholders in the state educational system, how those visions are mediated by co-designed resources, and how they mediate implementation of resources in local contexts.
Learn more about Dr. Wilson’s work here.