CBMS Research Advisory Group

The goal of the CBMS Research Advisory Group is to inform the policy decisions that affect mathematics education by providing a locus for the identification, consolidation, and dissemination of the relevant data, measurement tools, and research that exist and to identify the gaps that need to be filled. It will provide the information that institutional, state, and national leaders need to inform and support the improvement of programs of mathematics education at all levels. In addition to educational research, the work of this group will encompass behavioral economics, motivation theory, and the learning sciences as well as tracking student trajectories into the work force.

The first meeting of the CBMS Research Advisory Group, co-sponsored by TPSE,  was held in Washington, DC at the MAA Carriage House on Saturday, August 26, 2017. It identified three areas for work:

  1. Math in the workplace. What problems are we trying to solve where data would be useful and we don’t already know the answers? How can we educate employers about what  the mathematical community believes it is contributing and why it is important? How can we put in place the mechanisms that allow us to work on a long timeline for the continuous improvement of the mathematical preparation of critical constituencies?
  2. Barriers and accelerators. What are the goals for our students? How do we define success? How do we measure success? What trusted resources are available for recognizing barriers and accelerators? How can we make these resources more widely available?
  3. The role of the CBMS societies. How can the CBMS societies best meet emerging problems? How do we strengthen the improvement infrastructure of our profession? What are the timely problems that we face that require activating this infrastructure? How do we surface them quickly enough? What are the information needs of the profession to support hypothesis generation and creative R&D work? How do we nurture and feed this improvement infrastructure? How do we support it? How do we review and improve it? How do we identify the problems and practices that are worthy of solution? What information and data structures do we need? 

Steering Committee:

  • David Bressoud
  • Danny Goroff
  • Brit Kirwan
  • Rachel Levy
  • Mike McPherson
  • Uri Treisman

Participants:

Alan

Anderson

TPSE

Dave

Barnes

NCTM

Tom

Barr

AMS

David

Bressoud

CBMS

Samantha

Burg

NCES

Francesca

Fraga Leahy

Dana Center

Kim

Gattis

Am Inst for Research

Danny

Goroff

Sloan

Robin

Hill

ASSM

Rob

Kimball

CBMS Survey

Ellen

Kirkman

CBMS Survey

Donna

LaLonde

ASA

Rachel

Levy

SIAM

Mike

McPherson

 

Michael

Pearson

MAA

Hal

Salzman

Rutgers

Connie

Schrock

NCSM

Tensia

Soto-Johnson

MAA

April

Strom

AMATYC

Paola

Sztajn

AMTE

Uri

Treisman

Dana Center