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Letter to Student
August 24, 1994
 Dear Student:
 Your school is working with Vanderbilt University in a research project. The goal of the project is to study new ways to teach and test mathematics. Students will work on special math lessons called, The AdventurePlayer. The AdventurePlayer allows students to make their own adventures and then solve them. Our past research has shown that working withThe AdventurePlayer is interesting to students. We now are testing the ways that this helps students like yourself to learn math more easily.
 We are asking you to take part in this research on mathematics instruction. The instruction will take place in the Fall of 1994 for about 4 school days, 40 minutes each day. Your teacher will decide when the instruction will take place. If you decide that you do not want to take part in the research, you will work on school work that your teacher gives you while the other students in the class useThe AdventurePlayer.
 The research will begin in October. Students in all of the classes will be given a math test at the beginning and at the end of this time period. As part of our research we will also interview students to get their opinions on The AdventurePlayer.
We are asking you to allow us to videotape you as your class uses The AdventurePlayer. The video tapes will be retained for other research or educational purposes. We are also asking your permission to look at your school records so that we can get more information on how you have benefitted from the research. The results of your performance will be discussed with the teacher at the teacher's request, and will not affect your grade. When reporting the results of the research, no one in the study will be identified by name.
We think that you will enjoy taking part in the research, and may learn to be a better problem solver. We do not think that children will be at any risk by being in the research, however, you are free to withdraw any time you wish.
 We believe that our research will give us important information on better ways to teach and test what children learn in mathematics. We hope that you will be a part of the research. If you have any questions, please call us at 322-8070. If you agree to be in the research, please sign the form below and return it to your math teacher as soon as possible. Thank you.
 Sincerely,
 Mitchell J. Nathan, Ph.D. Susan Goldman, Ph.D.
 Research Associate, Co-Director,
 Learning Technology Center Learning Technology Center
 _____________________________________________
 I __________________ (my name) agree to participate in the mathematics research, and for my school records to be viewed by research staff. I also give my permission to be videotaped. I understand that segments of these tapes may be shown to other researchers, educators, and interested members of the public.
_____________________________________________
 Students Signature
 _____________________________________________
 Date

 Letter to Parent
August 24, 1994
 Dear Parent or Guardian:
 Your childs school is cooperating with Vanderbilt University in a research project. The goal of the project is to study new ways to teach and test mathematics. Students will work with a special math curriculum on the computer called, The AdventurePlayer. The AdventurePlayer allows students to develop their own animated adventures and then solve them mathematically. Our past research has shown that this mathematics activity, developed by our research team at Vanderbilt, is interesting to students. We now are testing the ways that this activity improves students mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills.
 The computer program helps students to think about all of the planning that is involved in making an interesting adventure. As well, they will be asked to construct adventures that are mathematically interesting. In this way, they are encouraged to bring in their ideas about the mathematical relationships of factors such as speed and time to travel.The AdventurePlayer provides feedback through the use of computer animation and sound, as well as helpful tips to support the students learning process.
 We are asking you to allow your child to take part in this research on mathematics instruction. The instruction will take place in the Fall of 1994 for about 4 school days, 40 minutes each day. Your childs teacher will decide when the instruction will take place. If you decide that you do not want your child to participate in the research, your child will work on school work that his/her teacher assigns while the other students in the class participate in the research.
 Students in all of the participating classes will be given a math test at the beginning and at the end of this 4 day time period. The initial test results will allow us to properly balance groups using the computer program with those who will do the same adventure-making task using paper and pencil so that we may accurately assess the impact of The AdventurePlayer. As part of our research we will also interview participating students to get their opinions on the computer program.
We are asking you to allow us to videotape your child as his/her class participates in the special instruction. The video tapes will be retained for other research or educational purposes. We are also asking your permission to look at your childs school records so that we can get more information on how children benefitted from the research. When reporting the results of the research, the average performance of your childs class will be reported, not the performance of individual students. The results of your child's performance will be discussed with the teacher at the teacher's request, and will not influence your child's grade. Furthermore, none of the children will be identified by name.
 We think that your child would enjoy taking part in the research, and may benefit by becoming a better problem solver. We do not think that children will be at any risk by being in the research, however, you are free to take your child out of the research at any time, and your child is free to withdraw any time he or she wishes. Any video tapes will be retained solely for research or educational purposes.
We believe that our research will give us important information on better ways to teach and test what children learn in mathematics. We hope that you allow your child to be a part of the research. If you have any questions, please call us at 322-8070. If you agree to allow your child to be in the research, please sign the form below and have your child return it to his or her math teacher as soon as possible. Thank you.
 Sincerely,
 Mitchell J. Nathan, Ph.D. Susan Goldman, Ph.D.
 Research Associate, Co-Director,
 Learning Technology Center Learning Technology Center
 _____________________________________________
 I give my permission for my child __________________ (childs name) to participate in the mathematics research, and for his/her school records to be viewed by research staff. I also give my permission for my child to be videotaped. I understand that segments of these tapes may be shown to other researchers, educators, and interested members of the public.
_____________________________________________
 Parent or Guardian Signature
 _____________________________________________
 Date