Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
Can the impact of an early mathematics intervention be enhanced by the addition of activities aimed at developing self-regulation skills? Abt Associates is working with University of Denver to answer this question.
Building Blocks Early Math (BB) is a research-based math curriculum that addresses geometric and spatial ideas and skills, and quantitative ideas and skills, all of which are mathematical ‘building blocks.’ Building Blocks provides young children with tangible materials to learn math and meet early grade content standards. Building Blocks, whose development was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), offers print, manipulatives – concrete objects commonly used in math instruction – and computer-based materials to engage children in math. Earlier rigorous evaluations have already documented BB’s positive effects on young children's math achievement. This study is assessing whether adding other activities to the BB curriculum can help develop young children’s ability to regulate their learning behavior. The four-year study, being conducted by Abt, the University of Denver, and SUNY Buffalo, is funded by a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education.
Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries.