Dr. Robert Ochsendorf
Through its research program on Mathematics and Science Education (Math/Science), the Institute supports research that contributes to the improvement of mathematics and science outcomes for students with disabilities or at risk for disabilities from kindergarten through Grade 12. The long-term outcome of this program will be an array of tools and strategies (e.g., assessments, instructional approaches) that have been demonstrated to be effective for improving mathematics and science learning and achievement for students with or at risk for disabilities from kindergarten through Grade 12.
The Institute recognizes that instruction in mathematics and science is shaped by theories that vary in their implications regarding, for example, the importance of active student construction of knowledge through discovery- or inquiry-based learning, and the need for direct and explicit instruction for concept and skill development. The Institute does not limit research to any particular framework, and is interested in applications to develop or test different theoretically-based approaches for teaching mathematics or science to students with disabilities.