Overview of JUMP Math's Research goals and purposes.
At JUMP, we believe that solid research builds the foundation for solid programming. Through our research, we seek to continually improve our math and professional training materials. In addition, JUMP works with external researchers to develop a fuller understanding of numeracy and math education. The research department has three primary goals:
1. To ensure the quality of all JUMP materials and programs:
Test materials and evaluate all JUMP materials – Workbooks, Teacher’s Manuals, and Professional Development.
Track use of JUMP materials.
Record results of JUMP implementation.
All teaching materials developed by JUMP are tested before final release. We rely on the input of educators, parents, and students as we develop new curriculum, using their first-hand experience of learner needs to guide our process. Once the full set of materials is developed, these are piloted by research partners in several classrooms in various locations. The data supplied through the pilot programs are used to review the materials prior to publication. By the time our materials are finalized, they have been tested to ensure quality curriculum and refined to meet the needs of all users.
After publication, we continue to evaluate the materials and their implementation. Our evaluation approach creates a feedback process based on an ongoing relationship with JUMP users. The information garnered is used to constantly update and improve our materials. It also gives us a more complete picture of who is using JUMP and the results they achieve. Usage and result information help us to know where JUMP is being implemented and in which contexts it works best.
JUMP takes a similar approach to its Professional Development and orientation programs. All PD sessions, Volunteer Tutor Orientations, and Parent Information Sessions are evaluated and the information used to address gaps. We use this information not only to improve the program we offer, but to address the most common questions and concerns raised by our partners.
2. To understand why and how the JUMP program works:
Document the history and growth of JUMP.
Examine the use of the JUMP approach in different contexts and settings.
The second goal of our research program is to understand the cognitive and emotional aspects of learning math through the JUMP program. The results of our pilot programs clearly indicate that the JUMP approach works. What we want to understand is how this happens. We are currently expanding our research program to examine the effects of the JUMP approach on student confidence and understanding. This also extends to teachers, as we are interested in exploring the effects of using JUMP materials and participating in our Professional Development on teaching. Finally, we are investigating the use of JUMP in different contexts and settings. JUMP has a history of success in special education, inner-city, and remedial settings. As our program expands through school systems and internationally, we are documenting the implementation in these new contexts.
3. To support the development of collaborative research among key stakeholders in education and learning:
- Understand the learning process.
Support research on JUMP by external researchers.
Collaborate on cognitive and psycho-social research with external partners.
With the goal of contributing to a deeper understanding of numeracy and learning, the JUMP research department is active in creating and maintaining collaborative relationships with external partners. The innovative approach of JUMP and its documented success has generated significant interest among researchers in the field of math education. JUMP actively supports their research by supplying necessary information and documentation. In addition, we are active in developing new partnerships with external research organizations to further investigate the cognitive processes surrounding numeracy.