Through our research, we seek to continually improve our resoures and professional development offerings. In addition, JUMP Math works with external researchers to develop a fuller understanding of numeracy and math education. We have three primary goals:
1. To ensure the quality of all JUMP Math resources:
Evaluate all JUMP Math resources – Teacher Resources, Student Assessment & Practice books, and Professional Development.
Track use of JUMP Math resources.
Record results of JUMP Math implementation.
All teaching materials developed by JUMP Math are tested before final release. We rely on the input of educators, parents, and students as we develop new curriculum, using their first-hand experience of learner needs to guide our process. Once the full set of materials is developed, these are piloted by research partners in several classrooms in various locations. The data supplied through the pilot programs are used to review the materials prior to publication. By the time our materials are finalized, they have been tested to ensure quality curriculum and refined to meet the needs of all users.
After publication, we continue to evaluate the materials and their implementation. Our evaluation approach creates a feedback process based on an ongoing relationship with JUMP Math users. The information garnered is used to constantly update and improve our materials. It also gives us a more complete picture of who is using JUMP Math and the results they achieve.
2. To understand why and how JUMP Math works:
Document the history and growth of JUMP Math
Examine the use of the JUMP Math approach in different contexts and settings.
The second goal of our research program is to understand the cognitive and emotional aspects of learning math through the JUMP Math approach. The results of our pilot programs clearly indicate that our approach to mathematics instruction works. We are currently expanding our research to examine the effects of the JUMP Math approach on student confidence and understanding. This also extends to teachers, as we are interested in exploring the effects of using JUMP Math materials and participating in our professional development.
3. To support the development of collaborative research among key stakeholders in education and learning:
- Understand the learning process.
Support research on JUMP Math by external researchers.
Collaborate on cognitive and psycho-social research with external partners.
With the goal of contributing to a deeper understanding of numeracy and learning, JUMP Math is active in creating and maintaining collaborative relationships with external partners. The innovative approach of JUMP Math and its documented success has generated significant interest among researchers in the field of math education. JUMP Math actively supports research by supplying necessary information and documentation. In addition, we are active in developing new partnerships with external research organizations to further investigate the cognitive processes surrounding numeracy.