Learning and reasoning with mathematical symbol

Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Bye, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology

Participants: Rooms 4, 5 & 6 – Students ages 10-12

Keywords: Purpose Driven Progressive Formaliztion (P-PF), interactive multi-media videos for algebraic learning


This experimental research project compares the efficacy of different methods of introducing math concepts and notation to students.  Students will complete different versions of online video lessons and problems over the course of three sessions.  Researchers will collect students’ scratch paper for all three sessions, and a math worksheet and survey about the materials from the final session.  Additionally, students’ answers to questions in the online videos will be recorded online.  All data collected on paper and online will be anonymized.  The non-identifiable data from the study may be linked to anonymized student data, such as gender, race/ethnicity, and math achievement scores, if the Lab School agrees to share such anonymized data with the researchers.  None of the data, analyses, or reports from the study will contain any identifiable information about your child.  As parents have already signed the UCLA Lab School blanket consent form, they are not required to sign any additional forms at this time.  This study was developed by a postdoctoral researcher and a professor in the UCLA Psychology Department.  Parents are welcome to contact Dr. Jeffrey Bye (jkbye@ucla.edu or 949.500.6511) or Dr. Patricia Cheng (cheng@lifesci.ucla.edu) with any questions.