Current University and Partner Research

  • Inquiry into Calculus Student Thinking

    Inquiry into Calculus Student Thinking

    Learning about the ways that students think about math is extremely beneficial in preparing teachers to teach math; it enables teachers to plan lessons that address common misunderstandings about math and to effectively build upon correct ideas that students have. This type of work has mainly been done at the elementary level. This research will capture high school students’ ideas about math in an effort to better prepare prospective high school math teachers.

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  • "First and Second Year" Teacher study

    "First and Second Year" Teacher study

    This purpose of this proposed mixed-methods case study is to employ multiple measures to examine the influences of the Boise State Education Program’s clinical experiences on their graduates overall teaching effectiveness and impact on their K-12 student’s learning in their first years of teaching.

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  • Math/Science Partnership Grant (2014-2016)

    Math/Science Partnership Grant (2014-2016)

    This project will improve the physical science and math education of 3rd -6th grade students by increasing teacher content knowledge, competency, and confidence in the West Ada School District. This funding was provided with the support of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Physics Society.

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  • Effectiveness of Child-Centered Play Therapy for Children with Anxiety

    Effectiveness of Child-Centered Play Therapy for Children with Anxiety

    The goal of this project is to examine the effectiveness of child-centered play therapy (CCPT) for elementary children, (ages 6-11), who have been identified with an anxiety disorder. Anxiety is thought to be the most common psychological disorder of childhood, and yet there are no well-established treatments for treatment of childhood anxiety at this time. The aim of this project is to conduct an experimental single-case study examining the effectiveness of CCPT for children with symptoms of anxiety.

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2014-2015 University and Partner Research

  • Developing a Growth Mindset through the High School Transition

    Developing a Growth Mindset through the High School Transition

    Studies show that students’ mindsets about intelligence predict their academic achievement. A growth mindset—the belief that intelligence is malleable—is related to higher academic achievement, while a fixed mindset—the belief that intelligence if fixed—is related to lower academic achievement. Participating 9th grade students will engage in a "growth mindset" program. Specifically we’re interested in students’ mindsets and academic behaviors. This information can be used for decision making purposes aligned with the district’s College and Career Readiness framework which indicates growth mindsets as a key factor in students who are prepared to be successful in post-secondary education.

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  • Designing Mathematics Enhanced Scientific Inquiry in Elementary Classrooms (2014/2015)

    Designing Mathematics Enhanced Scientific Inquiry in Elementary Classrooms (2014/2015)

    The goal of the project is to design and develop an effective instructional framework for orchestrating productive discussions that emerge from students’ work on demanding science tasks. Tasks will deepen students' understanding of both science and mathematics aligned to the Idaho Core Standards.

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  • Love and Logic Study (2014/2015)

    Love and Logic Study (2014/2015)

    The Love and Logic Institute is devoted to helping parents and educators gain cooperation, respect and responsible decision making from children of all ages. This study seeks to provide evidence that the program is effective within participating West Ada schools.

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  • Independence and Self-Management for Students with Autism- The Impact of Technology and Parents as Interventionists (2013-2015)

    Independence and Self-Management for Students with Autism- The Impact of Technology and Parents as Interventionists (2013-2015)

    This study seeks to test the efficacy of interventions that use parents as interventionists for autistic studies in our district. This is analysis is aimed at increasing independence skills in students with ASD and developing the critical role of families in supporting students' progress during homework activities.

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2012-2014 University and Partner Research

  • If you have any questions regarding past or ongoing research within the West Ada School District, please feel free to contact Dr. Eian Harm at harm.eian@westada.org.