Home, School, and Community: Supporting Children’s Mathematical Learning

August 15th, 1997 - July 31st, 2003 | PROJECT

The Developmental Studies Center is supporting the active involvement of parents in their children's mathematical development, helping parents understand more about how their children learn mathematically and socially, and increasing the likelihood that children will discuss mathematics with an adult who is significant in their lives. The first phase of this project develops, pilot tests, and evaluates a Homeside Math resource book for each grade level, K-2, with activities teachers can send home to foster positive interaction about mathematics between parents and their children. These activities are related to exemplary school curricula, particularly those developed with NSF support. The next phase develops a limited number of additional activities to add to the Homeside Math collection to be published as Community Math. Community Math is a resource book for youth workers with activities that foster mathematical discussions between children ages 5-8 and a significant adult and can be used in a variety of community organization settings and sent home for family use. Workshops are developed for parents, teachers, and youth workers to strengthen their knowledge of child-centered instructional strategies, meaningful activities, and how children develop mathematically and socially. And facilitator workshops are developed for parents, teachers, and youth workers to enable them to lead workshops for parents.

Project Website(s)

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Team Members

Richard Cossen, Principal Investigator, Developmental Studies Center
Laurel Robertson, Former Principal Investigator, Developmental Studies Center


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 9705421
Funding Amount: 2811740


Audience: Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Families | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Parents | Caregivers
Discipline: Education and learning science | Mathematics
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Community Outreach Programs | Informal | Formal Connections | K-12 Programs | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Professional Development and Workshops | Public Programs