Examining Affective and Cognitive Engagement in Middle School Mathematics Classroom
Donor: National Science Foundation, Research & Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering (via SRI International)
Award Date: 2/4/2011
Ann Renninger is the evaluator on this project, which is a collaboration between the Center for Technology in Learning (CTL) at SRI International and Rutgers University. SRI's principal investigator is Dr. Nikki Shechtman.
The objective of this project is to investigate when, how, and why middle school students in urban inner-city settings do or do not engage deeply in conceptually challenging mathematics, and the impact this has on their mathematical learning. A core conjecture is that developing powerful mathematical affect in relation to conceptually challenging mathematics is critical to the development of mathematical ability. CTL and Rutgers will collaborate to (1) refine and validate a self-report instrument for measuring students' affective engagement during a particular period of instruction; and (2) do an exploratory study to model the antecedents, psychological mediators, and learning consequences of various patterns of affective engagement.
Project Period: 9/23/2010 - 8/31/2015