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A powerful combination

When our education team think up, design and write the activities suggestion, they start using a powerful combination: rigorous research in mathematics education based on scientific evidence and classroom experience.

At the same time, the implementation of our resources in the classroom nourishes the research we had used to create them. That is, we establish a two-way relationship between research and schools.

It is essential to build this bridge, and to contribute to this we have set up our own research group.

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We collaborate with universities and research centers

UAB, UB, URV, D’EP, ESADE, Universidad de Alicante, WestEd and Germina.

The objectives of the research group are:

Research and generate evidence that allows us to analyze, measure impact and improve Innovamat’s program.

Discover the socio-cognitive and educational factors that influence the learning of mathematics and develop interventions that meet the needs of students.

Share conclusions and scientific evidence, as well as transfer those results to contribute to the development of mathematics education .

The team

Consists of PhDs in mathematics education, experts in educational transformation and science researchers. Let’s Introduce you to them!
OUR STUDIES

Lines of research

The research group is currently conducting a number of studies involving both schools that use Innovamat and schools that do not. All these studies revolve around one of the following lines of action:

Socio-emotional factors

Socio-emotional factors play a crucial role in learning mathematics, affecting both students’ performance and attitude towards this discipline. These factors include, but are not limited to, math anxiety, motivation toward math, and mindset about the learning process (fixed mindset versus growth mindset). This year we have two studies that try to investigate the influence of these factors:

  • SMART: We investigate the relationship between mathematical performance, through the TIMSS test, and socioemotional factors such as motivation, mathematical anxiety and growth mentality.
  • MAGIC We investigate whether working on growth mentality in the classroom, with activities designed by the Innovamat team, improves motivation and decreases students’ mathematical anxiety.
Difficulty learning

In this line of research we focus on the students with low mathematical achievement as well as the students who are having difficulties in mathematics, often grouped under the term “dyscalculia”. To do this, we use the theoretical framework “Response to Intervention” (RTI) to (1) accelerate the learning of underperforming students in specific aspects and (2) identify students at risk of having some difficulties learning. In this case, we focus on younger students and assess arithmetic fluency, an important predictor of academic performance.

  • HUMANS: We use the RTI theoretical framework to detect students with low performance in arithmetic fluency and provide them with activities to improve their performance. To do this, students work on the approximate number system to improve the concept of number.
Impact assessment with standardized tests

This line of research focuses on assessing the impact of using Innovamat on mathematical performance with standardized tests in different countries. To do so, the result obtained in standardized tests between schools using Innovamat (treatment group) and schools using other programs (control group) is compared.

  • EQUAL: standardized tests in Catalonia (test of basic competencies by the Catalonian government)
  • RITUS: Standardized tests in the United States, through Linkit.
Teacher profiles

This line of research focuses on detecting what kind of influence teachers have on their students’ mathematics learning and what factors are most relevant.

  • TIMES: Develop tools to investigate what kind of teachers use Innovamat products and how the Innovamat teaching sequence is implemented in class.
Long-term learning factors

To understand the factors that influence mathematics learning, it is important to design longitudinal studies that allow you to understand the context and learning path of each student.

  • SMALL: Year-to-year math competency test (ConMat) to detect what kinds of factors influence future math learning.
Mathematical education

This line of research focuses on exploring concrete aspects of the Innovamat teaching sequence further and assessing their impact on learning.

  • CROC: Measure the effect of digital practice on the ability to solve combined operations.
  • DRON Measure the solving capabilities of complex operations in students exposed to strategies based on known facts – derived facts.

Research projects and grants

We lead several research and innovation projects supported by public and private organizations.
Torres Quevedo Scholarship (State Research Agency, Government of Spain)

Project to help individualize the learning of mathematics through artificial intelligence.

Math Tutoring program, Fundació Bofill

Project aimed at high-complexity schools to provide children in 6th grade with the necessary support to discover, learn and enjoy mathematics, reducing educational inequalities.

Industrial PhD grant for an in-company doctorate program Industrial PhDs 2018

The objective is to design, implement and validate an instrument to define the richness of any education guide, starting with the Innovamat guides, to detect strengths and points that can be improved upon. The aim is to determine whether the potential opportunities identified beforehand are used by the teacher, and what depends on whether or not this happens. Therefore, teachers with different teaching profiles have led the activity in their respective classrooms, they have been recorded and will be analyzed.

Intelligent platform for distributing curriculum content to teachers and schools

The aim is the development an intelligent platform for distributing curriculum content to teachers and schools that disrupts the traditional publishing business model.

The project is financed in the framework of the 2020 call for grants for the development of the technological availability of digital content in the framework of the strategic action of digital economy and society of the state I+D+i program (C008/20-ED). (Spain)

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