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Project

Study of Math Identity in After-School Programs

Official Title
Improving Math Identity for Underrepresented Populations: An Implementation and Impact Study of After-School Math Plus
Location(s)
South Carolina, New York City
Dates
10/2015 – 9/2019
Market
Education Practice Areas
Practice Areas
STEM
Services
Impact Evaluations
Process Evaluations
Client
National Science Foundation
Methodologies
Classroom Observation
Data Collection, Analysis & Reporting
Experimental Impact Evaluations
Focus Groups
In-depth Interviews
Qualitative Data Analysis
Quantitative Data Analysis

Math identity refers to how students think about themselves in relation to math. This includes their beliefs about:

  • Their math ability,
  • The importance of knowing math, and
  • The challenges and opportunities in math classrooms.

Recent research shows that math identity plays a crucial role in students’ decisions to engage in math learning. The goal of this project is to advance understanding of the characteristics of after school programs that foster students’ math identity, by exploring the relationship of these characteristics to student interest, engagement, and achievement in mathematics. This project is unique in that it focuses on an informal learning environment and on the social-emotional competencies that are involved in math learning.

Our ability to effectively complete this project lies in our demonstrated experience in impact evaluations, implementation evaluations, math teaching and learning, social-emotional learning, and our relationship with the program developer, FHI 360.