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# About ICUBiT

ICUBIT is a *research and development project* focused on teachers' use of mathematics curriculum materials. The project has two goals:

- Identify the teacher capacities needed for productive use of mathematics curriculum materials
- Design tools to measure these capacities.

The *development activities* focus on designing and refining tools that allow researchers to gather data on and measure teachers' capacities and practices required for productive use of mathematics curriculum materials.

The *research activities* involve employing these tools to gather and analyze data on teachers' curriculum use and the capacities and supports critical to it. The ultimate aim is to develop a conceptual model of these capacities to guide future research and professional development.

## Activities

Our specific activities include:

- Develop an instrument to assess teachers' capacity to identify the mathematical concepts and connections embedded within curriuclum materials.
- Determine the relationship between mathematical knowledge for teaching (MKT) and teacher's recognition of mathematical concepts in written curriculum materials.
- Characterize the ways in which the ability to identify mathematical ideas underlying curriculum materials relates to actual classroom practice.

## Curriculum Programs

The ICUBiT Project uses five elementary mathematics programs as the basis for research and development activities. These programs are listed below. We intentionally selected three standards-based programs, developed with NSF funding, and one commercially developed program. We also selected *Math in Focus; Singapore Math by Marshall Cavendish *(published for a U.S. audeince and distributed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) becaue it is gaming popularity in the U.S. In each case, we looked at the most recent edition of the curriculum.

Abbr. | Curriculum Title (Edition) | Developers/Authors | Current Publisher |
---|---|---|---|

EM | Everyday Mathematics (3rd Edition) | University of Chicago School Mathematics Project | Wright Group / McGraw-Hill |

INV | Investigations in Numbers, Data, and Space (2nd Edition) | TERC | Pearson |

MIF | Math in Focus: The Singapore Approach | Singapore Ministry of Education and Marshall Cavendish | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt |

MTB | Trailblazers (3rd Edition) | TIMS at University of Illionois at Chicago | Kendall Hunt |

SFAW | Scott Foresman Addision Wesley Mathematics | Scott Foresman Addision Wesley/Pearson | Pearson |