ERIC Number: ED439904
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Online Mathematics Enrichment: An Evaluation of the NRICH Project, 1998-99.
Jones, Keith; Simons, Helen
This is the final report of the findings of the independent external evaluation of the NRICH online mathematics project, which began in 1996 with the goal of establishing a permanent national United Kingdom (UK) center for curriculum enrichment in mathematics. The project aims to provide mathematical learning support for very able children of all ages through the publication of regular web-based magazines featuring mathematical problems, puzzles, articles, and games. Analysis of questionnaires completed by 199 pupils, 450 teachers, and 67 friends of NRICH (such as parents) revealed that most NRICH users lived in England. There were also three case study schools chosen. The main impact of NRICH on the more able pupils was in terms of helping them to gain a wider appreciation of mathematics, and raising the profile of mathematics as a subject that could be interesting enough to pursue either within or outside of school or further study. Appendices include: a description of the NRICH online mathematics project; the Web site impact questionnaires; the Web site evaluation criteria; the case study interview foci; and the case profile interview schedule. (Contains 33 references and 44 tables.) (ASK)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Enrichment Activities, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Curriculum, Program Descriptions, World Wide Web
University of Southampton, Centre for Mathematics Education Research, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom. Tel: 44-0-23-80-59500; Web site: http://www.soton.ac.uk.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cambridge Univ. (England).
Authoring Institution: Southampton Univ. (England). Centre for Research in Mathematics Education.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom