The work of material developers for Kumon Math is the same all over the world. Continuing to pursue Toru Kumon’s vision, materials developers in every country or region learn from students as well as from Instructors. Using that knowledge they ceaselessly strive to further improve the effectiveness of the Kumon Worksheets.
The worksheet improvement process generally has the following three stages:
- Stage 1:
- Data such as information about students’ progress and feedback from Instructors is gathered. Content that requires improvement is examined. Monitor worksheets are developed.
- Stage 2:
- Monitor worksheets are trialed in Centres. A continuous improvement cycle is implemented.
- Stage 3:
- Materials developers from each country and region optimize learning materials for students in Centres in their country or region.
Kumon believes that the most important factor in this process is to find out how the students themselves reacted to the worksheets. Materials developers bring the monitor worksheets that they have created to actual Centres. There, they carefully observe students doing those worksheets.
Materials developers analyze how students handle specific questions and they look carefully at where students have difficulties. Materials developers also gather information from Instructors about what specific parts of the worksheets have given their students the most problems. They use this data to further refine the worksheets. Instructors are very cooperative in this process of enhancement of the materials because they share the desire to help students improve their academic skills and pursue their potential.