Principal Investigator: Andee Rubin

Funders: National Science Foundation

Based on prior research conducted as part of the Math in Zoos and Aquariums (MiZA) project, this three and one-half year research study is exploring a collaborative model for action research in which zoo and aquarium educators study how and what visitors learn while they are doing mathematics-based activities. Project researchers will study how zoo and aquarium educators learn to carry out action research—particularly in relation to educators comprehending: how mathematics learning responds to practical (and often pressing) issues in the lives of people in organizations and communities; how mathematics learning opens new ‘communicative spaces’ for dialogue and collaborative relationships; how mathematics learning draws on existent ways of knowing; and how mathematics learning changes and develops as visitors deepen their understanding of issues that need to be addressed.