ASU’s Learning Sciences Research Lab delivers summer math program to local middle schools

ASU’s Learning Sciences Research Lab delivers summer math program to local middle schools

In the summer of 2010, under the direction of Robert Atkinson, the LSRL lab partnered with Mountain Pointe High School in the Tempe School District to design and administer a summer school algebra program using math-based intelligent tutoring systems.

The partnership was designed to allow LSRL, on behalf of the Office of Naval Research (ONR), to evaluate the effectiveness of three off-the-shelf math-based intelligent tutoring systems and for Mountain Pointe High School to upgrade their computer-based summer school algebra course.

This partnership then continued in fall 2010 for a curriculum integration project where the intelligent tutors were evaluated as practice tools within a remedial, high-school math course as well as an after-school AIMS remediation program.

In summer 2011, LSRL partnered with the Mesa School District to design and administer another summer school remediation program for algebra students. All three of the collaborative studies were designed to evaluate off-the-shelf intelligent tutoring systems while providing high school students the opportunity remediate their algebra skills. In each of these studies, LSRL provided the tutoring software and two researchers that also served as the technical support staff to allow the high school math teachers to stay focused on assisting the students rather than troubleshooting the software.

LSRL is also currently working with Rio Salado Community College to explore offering an online algebra remediation course using the intelligent tutoring systems.