William Schmitt | May 6, 2015
Nicole McNeil, Notre Dame's ACE Associate Professor of Psychology--along with her colleagues at the nonprofit research agency West Ed--received a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES), which aims to improve students' mathematical achievement in elementary school and beyond.
The new grant—the largest and latest grant awarded to McNeil’s work—will allow a large-scale trial of an educational intervention McNeil and her CLAD Lab research team have developed to boost math learning by helping students grasp the concept of mathematical equivalence. Such a concept undergirds problem solving reflected in a statement like “two plus two equals four.”
“The problem starts with basic arithmetic where students develop a misunderstanding of the equal sign,” McNeil said in a video produced by the NBC network in collaboration with Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) in 2013.