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U of M researchers receive nearly $1 million NIH stimulus grant to fund math education study

Contacts: Diane Cormany, College of Education and Human Development, (612) 626-5650,
Ryan Maus, University News Service, (612) 624-1690,

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (10/21/2009) —University of Minnesota educational psychology professors Asha Jitendra and Jennifer McComas, both Rodney Wallace Professors for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, were recently awarded a $995,929 National Institutes of Health (NIH) stimulus grant to fund a study on improving problem-solving for students who struggle with math. This two-year project will test the efficacy of schema-based instruction, as compared to the standard math-tutoring intervention, for approximately 260 third graders with chronic mathematical difficulties.

The study will take place in approximately 40 Twin Cities classrooms and will represent diverse student populations and low-income neighborhoods. Jitendra and McComas will also measure if the intervention improves attitudes about mathematics among the students.

“Students who do not develop academic competence in areas such as math are at risk for poor outcomes in school, as well difficulties that limit their vocational opportunities in later years,” Jitendra said. “We’re very excited to receive this grant, which will address the chronic and pervasive difficulties that third-grade students who struggle with math evidence.”

The stimulus funds fall under NIH funding for promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

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