Engaging Mathematics

 


 

Engaging Mathematics: Creating a National Community of Practice

Funded through the National Science Foundation's TUES-II program (DUE-1322883), the Engaging Mathematics (EM) three-year initiative aims to significantly increase the use of the SENCER model, and other reformative pedagogies, by a national community of mathematics scholars capable of creating, implementing, and sustaining reforms in mathematics education.

 

As the executive director of NCSCE and principal investigator of the EM project David Burns points out, SENCER has grown from its early years to now include "a strong corps of leaders, along with terrific models and other curricular assets, in mathematics." This growth allows the National Center to apply the already well-established SENCER approach to college-level mathematics courses, with the goal of using civic issues to make math more relevant to students.

 

Both lead and partner institutions collectively make up the EM project. The project's two lead institutions are Metropolitan State University and LaGuardia Community College. Augsburg College, Normandale Community College, Oglethorpe University, and Roosevelt University represent the partner institutions. Over the course of the project, lead and partner institutions will enhance existing courses, where applicable, and develop new courses, modules, and themes for future use. The table below outlines some prospective courses and modules to be enhanced and developed by participating institutions:

 

Institution
Courses/Modules
Civic Issues
LaGuardia
Algebra: Energy and the Environment; Elementary Algebra: Problems & Issues in Public Health; Elementary Statistics of Society and the Environment
Inequality; housing; redevelopment; the environment; NYPD's stop and frisk practices
Metro State
Environmental Statistics; Mathematics of Sustainability; mathematical modeling/dynamic systems module
Alternative and renewable energy sources; population dynamics; groundwater; the case for buying local; wind energy; monarch butterflies; whelk populations
Augsburg
Calculus I
Ecotourism to Nicaragua's GARBO Coffee Cooperative
Normandale
Mathematics for the Liberal Arts; undergraduate research modules
Groundwater pollution; climate change; energy consumption
Oglethorpe
Great Ideas of Modern Mathematics
Healthcare topics including the efficacy of mammograms, pregnancy tests, and drug tests
Roosevelt
College Algebra: Modeling the City
Social justice issues common to Chicago

 

Another goal of the EM project, in addition to course enhancement and development, is to offer these resulting courses at both their institutions of origin as well as at partner campuses, thereby benefitting partner institutions with several new courses, and providing the project team insight on how to successfully implement courses in multiple settings.

 

Project Results

The EM leadership team will work with the Mathematical Association of America to disseminate materials, modules, courses, and results to communities of interest. Additionally, updates and resources developed throughout the initiative will be made available online to all interested educators, administrators, and students. Regional meetings, national symposia presentations, and faculty development programs are planned.

 

Current Events

Wm. David Burns (Engaging Math Principal Investigator) and Victor Donnay (Engaging Math Advisory Board member) presented at the Chicago Symposium Series and SCI-Midwest meeting on March 13-14 at Northeastern Illinois University.

 

Engaging Math Co-PI Dr. Frank Wattenberg (United States Military Academy) presented at the International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics (ICTCM) from March 12-15 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Engaging Mathematics partners presented an invited poster during the Joint Mathematics Meetings MAA Poster Session of Projects Supported by National Science Foundation's Division of Undergraduate Education. To view the poster, click here.

 

Please visit the Engaging Mathematics website for more information about the project and partners.

 

 

In the SENCER/NCSCE eNews

 

Engaging Mathematics Presents Invited Poster at Largest Math Meeting in the World

 

Engaging Mathematics Faculty Member Writes Chapter for New Book Published by MAA

 

Engaging Mathematics Advisory Board Member Co-Edits Book on Mathematical Modeling and Interdisciplinary Education

 

Making Math Relevant: SCI-MidAtlantic Holds Quantitative Literacy Conference at LaGuardia Community College

 

Mathematics Predicts Our Climate May Be Headed for a Tipping Point

 

Engaging Mathematics Can Help Close a Gap in Informal Education

 

Click here for additional coverage of Engaging Mathematics.

 

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For more information, please visit the project website and browse our online brochure:

 

EngagingMathematics.net

 

Online brochure

 



Engaging Mathematics Contacts

Wm. David Burns

Principal Investigator

 

Dr. Cindy Kaus

Co-Principal Investigator

Metropolitan State University

 

Dr. Mangala Kothari

Co-Principal Investigator

LaGuardia Community College

 

Dr. Frank Wattenberg

Co-Principal Investigator

United States Military Academy

 

Dr. Rikki Wagstrom

Institutional Partner

Metropolitan State University

 

Alioune Khoule

Institutional Partner

LaGuardia Community College

 

Dr. John Zobitz

Institutional Partner

Augsburg College

 

Dr. Victor Padron

Institutional Partner

Normandale Community College

 

Dr. Tony Dunlop

Institutional Partner

Normandale Community College

 

Dr. John Nardo

Institutional Partner

Oglethorpe University

 

Dr. Lynn Gieger

Institutional Partner

Oglethorpe University

 

Dr. Barbara Gonzalez

Institutional Partner

Roosevelt University

 

Cathy Evins

Institutional Partner

Roosevelt University

 

Christine Marie DeCarlo

Project Assistant

 


 

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Engaging Mathematics is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (DUE-1322883).