This study explores student participation in Math fair to gain insight into their experiences. The study’s objective is to seek evidence of student learning as an indicator of the overall impact of the Galileo’s Math Fair professional development program for K-12 mathematics teachers. The major research question is what is the impact of math fair on student learning outcomes? Sub questions include: Did math fair affect student mathematical performance and achievement? Did math fair influence students’ emotional well-being? Did students become more confident in their mathematical ability?
This study uses an illustrative case study methodology and data collection including participant observation, interviews and journaling to capture the personal, pedagogical, and institutional contexts of the teachers and students participating in Math Fair.
Research is being conducted by Krista Francis-Poscente, Galileo Educational Network with Dr. Sharon Friesen, of the Galileo Educational Network, University of Calgary.