FLC Topic: Quantitative Literacy across the Curriculum
Facilitators: Greg Braun (Physics) and Rachel Chrastil (History)
Start Date: January 2014
Quantitative Literacy (QL) is one of the AAC&U?s Essential Learning Outcomes, one that cannot be achieved in math and science courses alone. One definition of QL is a deep understanding of ?middle school math? that can be applied to unfamiliar situations. These skills include interpreting data, translating words into equations and vice versa, drawing graphs, and understanding uncertainty, error, units of measurement, rates of change and standard logical fallacies?and connecting these skills to authentic activities. In this FLC, faculty from across the university will develop classroom activities and assessments to promote QL. We will also discuss ways of talking about QL in the classroom to overcome math phobias or the idea that some people are ?just not good at math.? Along with those who traditionally teach QL, we strongly hope to attract faculty in fields that do not traditionally emphasize QL skills. We also encourage faculty less comfortable with teaching QL to apply.
To apply to participate in this FLC, complete the application form and submit it by email to the CTE by Friday, December 6th. Applications will continue to be accepted if the FLC does not fill up at this deadline. forms will be available in late fall 2013.
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For general questions about FLCs, please see the CTE website or contact:
Steve Yandell, faculty director of the CTE