Focus Group Study in Support of Cyberchase Parent Website – FULL REPORT

May 30th, 2005 | EVALUATION

Focus groups with parents of third and fourth graders were implemented to help support the revision and expansion of the current Cyberchase website for parents. This study focused on the following research questions: (1) How do parents understand their role in helping their children with learning in math? (a) Do parents see their role as motivational? (b) Do parents see their role as helping their child with math difficulties? (c) Do parents see their role as collaborating with their child in learning math? (2) What are parents' concerns or anxieties about their role in supporting math learning? (3) What information or features would parents like to see in a math website for parents? (4) Given a written description of what is currently on the Cyberchase parent website, what additions should be made and why?, Cyberchase is the Emmy Award-winning mathematics series and website on PBS KIDS GO! using broadcast, web, new media and educational outreach to impact millions nationwide. Designed for children ages 8 to 11 and packed with mystery, humor, and action, Cyberchase's mission is to improve kids' problem-solving and math skills, and inspire them with confidence and enthusiasm toward math. The TV series airs daily on PBS KIDS GO! across the country, and the website ( offers over 100 math games and activities for kids, video streaming of full episodes and clips, and a Parents & Teachers site with lesson plans, activities and tips for adults. Cyberchase reaches across platforms with apps for the SMART Board and iPhone. The traveling bilingual museum exhibit, Cyberchase: The Chase Is On!, continues to tour the country and is permanently installed at the Children's Museum of Houston.



Team Members

Barbara Flagg, Evaluator, Multimedia Research
Thirteen/WNET, Contributor


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: AISL
Award Number: 0407065
Funding Amount: 1700000

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Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Evaluators | Families | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Parents | Caregivers
Discipline: Education and learning science | Mathematics
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Formative
Environment Type: Broadcast Media | Media and Technology | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media