Research Plan

In this project we are exploring the following research questions:
  • Is the teaching resource Equals Mathematics appropriate for teaching students with significant disabilities within the Alberta context?
  • How can an online community of practice contribute to enhancing teacher capacity?
  • What knowledge and skills do teachers need to better meet the mathematical and numeracy development needs of students with significant disabilities?

We collect data from participants through two online surveys, discussions in the wiki and online meetings, sharing of photos, video clips and artifacts of students' numeracy activities.

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Online Surveys

Two online surveys are completed by the participants.

Survey #1
This first survey is completed at the beginning of the project. The survey participants identify:
  • background, experience and perceived confidence in mathematics instruction and numeracy development
  • familiarity and comfort with assistive technology and augmentative communication devices
  • areas of interest for professional learning related to numeracy development and teaching students with significant disabilties.

Survey #2
The final survey in June asks participants to reflect on, rate and comment on their experiences and skills working with students with significant disabilities. The areas of focus in the survey are:
  • mathematics instruction and numeracy development
  • collaborating with parents and other professionals
  • gathering evidence of student success
  • how participating in the community of practice affected their teaching practice
  • how they used the Equals Math teaching resource and materials provided
  • personal reflections

Data-gathering Tools