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Posted at 1:03 a.m., Thursday, September 20, 2007

UH research group awarded $998,250 federal grant

Advertiser Staff

The University of Hawai'i at Manoa was awarded $998,250 from the National Science Foundation for a grant titled "The Effects of Formative Assessment in a Networked Classroom on Student Learning of Algebraic Concepts."

The three-year project, a collaborative effort among the Curriculum Research and Development Group (CRDG) in UH Manoa's College of Education, Hawai'i Department of Education and Texas Instruments, will involve middle school teachers throughout Hawai'i . The grant was announced yesterday via news release.

The research will investigate the use of formative assessment in a networked classroom as it affects middle school students' learning of algebra concepts. The Texas Instrument Navigator system, implemented in the graphing calculator, will create the network.

The project will develop research-based formative assessment techniques employing handheld technology and investigate aspects of professional development necessary for successful implementation of these techniques. The project builds on evolving research on formative assessment, the emerging technology of networked classrooms and best practices of reflective teaching that address the most difficult aspects of formative assessment.

Project team members include Dr. Melfried Olson, Principal Investigator; Dr. Hannah Slovin and Dr. Judith Olson, Co-Investigators; and Dr. Paul Brandon of CRDG; and Dr. Yue Yin of the Department of Educational Psychology.