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NMSU College of Education professor invited to showcase research in Washington, D.C.

Karin Wiburg, co-director of the College of Education?s Institute for Equity in Mathematics and Science Education at New Mexico State University, has been selected to showcase her research on student learning of mathematics using games and inquiry in Washington, D.C., next week.



Karin Wiburg, co-director of the College of Education?s Institute for Equity in Mathematics and Science Education at New Mexico State University, has been selected to showcase her research on student learning of mathematics using games and inquiry in Washington, D.C., on April 29. (Courtesy photo)

Wiburg, who is also a distinguished professor of Learning Design and Technology, Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education, was invited by the American Educational Research Association and the National Science Foundation to join other researchers from around the country on April 29 for a showcase for members of the U.S. Senate.

?What we will highlight is our recent research with 49 teachers and around 800 students who used our Math Snacks intervention and how the students using these materials learned more mathematics than the students who didn?t use these materials,? Wiburg said.

Math Snacks consists of games plus inquiry activities and provides an alternative access to math for children who might think they don?t like math.

?We used an interesting research design called delayed intervention so all students got to use the product,? Wiburg said. ?In our study, students, while using Math Snacks, made significantly higher gains on our math test with open-ended items than those who didn?t have the intervention. However, the group that was part of the delayed intervention caught up when they used Math Snacks during the second half of the year.?

AERA is a member of the Coalition for National Science Funding, which annually invites scientists with National Science Foundation funding to represent their association at the exhibition in Washington, D.C.

AERA will cover all expenses for Wiburg?s visit, and Wiburg will also have an opportunity to visit with U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich the day before the exhibition.

For more information about Math Snacks, visit www.mathsnacks.org.