|Title:||National Research & Development Center on Instructional Technology: Center for Advanced Technology in Schools|
|Principal Investigator:||Baker, Eva||Grantee:||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Program:||National Research and Development Centers [Program Details]|
|Award Period:||5 years||Award Amount:||$9,833,451|
|Goal:||R&D Center||Award Number:||R305C080015|
Topic: Education Technology
Purpose: The purpose of the National Center for Advanced Technology in Schools (NCATS) is to create materials that will lead to improved learning of critically important math concepts such as pre-algebra and algebra, commonly referred to as "gateway" concepts, because they are necessary for successfully performing higher-level math.
The team will leverage advances in instructional technology (e.g., "serious games") in order to challenge and motivate 9th grade students, particularly underperforming ones, to participate and succeed in math competence. The initial intervention to be developed will be a 2-dimentional (2D) game so researchers can better understand how variables such as reasoning, practice, and feedback affect outcomes. A commercial game design partner, Tabula Digita, will then create a 3-dimensional (3D) game based on the 2D efficacy findings. To succeed in the game, students will use math skills to maneuver through various levels, whose difficulty will vary online via an embedded self-assessment component.
Established through a five-year, $9.8 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education, the NCATS is staffed by nationally-recognized experts in cognitive psychology, education, instruction, assessment, and advanced technologies.
Key Personnel: James Stigler, Gregory Chung, Dennis Cheek, Eva Baker, Richard Wainess, Noelle Griffin, Harry O'Neil, Tracy Fullerton, Merrilea Mayo, Robert Mislevy, Keith Holyoak, Robert Bjork, Ronald Dietel, Ntiedo Etuk, Alan Koenig, and Taehoon Kang.
Center Website: http://cats.cse.ucla.edu/.
IES Program Contact: Dr. Jonathan Levy