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Creating and Strengthening Interdisciplinary Programs in Quantitative Literacy

CREATING AND STRENGTHENING INTERDISCIPLINARY PROGRAMS IN QUANTITATIVE LITERACY

David Bressoud
June 14-18, 2005
Macalester College
St. Paul, MN

With support from US Department of Education FIPSE Grant P116B020918

Registration Fee $250 by April 19, 2005

Quantitative literacy is “the power and habit of mind to search out quantitative information, critique it, reflect on it, and apply it in one’s public, personal, and professional life” (National Numeracy Network). It is no more the exclusive preserve of mathematicians than writing belongs to the English department or critical reasoning to Philosophy, but mathematicians do have an obligation to encourage and support the development of quantitative literacy programs. How do you teach quantitative literacy? How do you measure it? How can you develop a program that will help students come to recognize its importance and be able to use its methods across all of their interests?There are now a variety of interdisciplinary programs that bring different departments from across campus together to teach quantitative literacy. Assessment strategies are under development and are being tested. The goal of this workshop is for interdisciplinary campus teams to learn about many of the programs and assessment strategies that are now running, to gain familiarity with the tools, materials, and case studies that these programs have generated, and to have the opportunity to adapt and build upon these materials for use on their own campuses.

The workshop will be held on the campus of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, starting with dinner on Tuesday, June 14 and concluding Saturday morning, June 18. For more information, please visit the workshop webpage at http://www.macalester.edu/qm4pp/prep.html

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