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Harnessing Social Dynamics in Math & Science Education

Full project name:  Harnessing social dynamics of learning groups in mathematics and science education: A 3-year program of workshops and consulting.

Principal Investigator: Alexander Chizhik. Funded by: Fulbright Scholar Grant. Funding period: May 2012–2015.

This serial, three-year project at the South Ukrainian State Pedagogical University (SUSPU) in Odessa, Ukraine, will take place during the summers of 2012–2014 with a series of workshops for future teachers of mathematics and science on “Harnessing social dynamics of groups to engage cognitive conflict and social cooperation during learning of mathematics and science.” In addition, the project includes consultation with SUSPU instructors and graduate students on their research and instruction. Communication and collaboration with instructors and graduate students will continue during each school year between periods of physical presence in Odessa.