Quantitative Reasoning Initiative About QR at HostosQR PresentationResources/MaterialsAbout the QR Fellows Quantitative Reasoning (QR) is the application of mathematical thought and knowledge to authentic, everyday issues. Sometimes called quantitative literacy, QR is demonstrated by the inclination and ability to make reasoned decisions using numeracy. Quantitative reasoning skills are widely recognized as critical to academic success across the curriculum, as well as to broader goals related to personal and career development and informed citizenry. Hostos is participating in the CUNY-wide Quantitative Reasoning Initiative to support efforts to improve QR across the curriculum. Quantitative Reasoning is the skill of the year for the CTL Advisory Council and the General Education Committee. The CTL has been working with three QR Fellows- Scott Fisher, Gowun Park and Devora Geller – to integrate QR into classrooms. The Fellows facilitate professional development workshops, curate teaching resources, help faculty members design QR assignments or curriculum, assist in pedagogic research projects, and much more. If you would like to collaborate on QR assignments or curriculum design, pedagogic research, or the QR Initiative at Hostos, please feel free to contact the Quantitative Reasoning Fellows. They can be reached at (718) 664-2515 or via email at email@example.com. Spring 2017 Term How to Overcome Math Anxiety 2nd Mathematics Day @ Hostos (March 21) Ms. Gowun Park Fall 2016 Term Quantitative Reasoning in General Education Wednesday, October 26 – 3:30pm-5:00pm Ms. Gowun Park Spring 2015 Term Introducing Numeracy: Strategies for Success Wednesday, February 24 – 3:30pm-5:30pm Ms. Devora Geller & Ms. Gowun Park Assessing Quantitative Learning Tuesday, March 15 – 3:30pm-5:30pm Ms. Devora Geller & Ms. Gowun Park Developing QR Skills in a Group Setting Wednesday, March 30 – 3:30pm-5:30pm Professor Sandy Figueroa & Ms. Devora Geller Fall 2015 Term Adding Games to Your Course & Amplifying QR Through Educational Gaming Wednesday, December 2 – 12:30pm Ms. Gowun Park, Ms. Devora Geller & Mr. Scott Fisher Developing QR Skills in a Group Setting Monday, November 9 – 2:00pm Professor Sandy Figueroa & Ms. Devora Geller Student Engagement I and Telling Stories Through Graphs Tuesday, October 6 – 12:30pm Professor Cynthia Jones, Ms. Gowun Park, & Mr. Scott Fisher What Is Quantitative Reasoning? Quantitative Reasoning: The Next “Across the Curriculum” Movement Quantitative Reasoning: An Overview (Western Washington University) Quantitative Reasoning for Social Justice Quantitative Reasoning in Social Justice Topics Chart (Hostos Reads Project) Weist, Lynda R., Heidi J. Higgins, and Janet Hart Frost, Quantitative Literacy for Social Justice, Equity & Excellence in Education 40:47-55. Reading and Interpreting Crime Statistics: A ready-to-use in class activity/ assignment that is related to quantitative reasoning skills using the crime statistics in the U.S. Best Practices for Quantitative Reasoning Quantitative Literacy Metarubrics (Hostos General Education Committee) Best Practices for Quantitative Reasoning Instruction (NICHE) Ten Foundational Quantitative Reasoning Questions (Carleton College QuiRK) Activities and Lessons Creating Quantitative Writing Assignments (Carleton College QuiRK): A step-by-step guide to creating written QR assignments, along with several examples that have been used in a variety of classes. Economic Impersonation Activity: Simulation/impersonation activities can be a valuable way to introduce quantitative skills: students often approach these activities as games, and are motivated to follow the rules in order to achieve the objectives. The example linked below, used in a Music Appreciation class, was inspired by articles about the food stamp (SNAP) challenges that have received media attention over the past few years. Music History Impersonation Activity In a business class: students can create a proposal and budget for opening a business in a predetermined neighborhood, considering factors such as neighborhood demographics, how much competition might come from established businesses that provide the same or similar services, etc. In an English class: students could be assigned characters from a novel in order to re-enact the financial circumstances of their lives as a way to understand their motivations. In a history class: activities could be developed from any number of time periods, in which students have to make a living as an average citizen from that era. Telling Stories Through Graphs: Students select one element or character and create a line graph that demonstrates how it changes over time. To maximize success for this activity, consider giving a brief refresher on line graphs beforehand using one or more of the resources in the “Teaching Tools” section below. Kurt Vonnegut on the Shape of Stories Graphing Stories Activity Site (includes a series of 15-second videos that students are supposed to graph) In an English class: students can graph the plot line of an entire story, or graph the plot from a single character’s perspective. In a music class: students can graph how a single musical element (i.e., tempo or dynamics) changes over the duration of a musical work. In a history class: graphing activities can be created for military history (i.e., high/low points of a war from various perspectives), health epidemics, personal timelines of historical figures, etc. QR in the News: Most news articles these days employ numbers and charts to make an argument. The Ten Foundational QR Questions (linked above) can be used/adapted to scaffold the process of learning to evaluate arguments by taking a critical look at what the numbers tell us and how they are used. (can be adapted to multiple disciplines) The Graph that Launched A Thousand News Stories The Myth of Welfare’s Corrupting Influence on the Poor The Problem with Food Stamp Challenges Congress’s Polarization Over 60 Years Smart Girls Understand Food Deserts 8 Surprising Ways Poverty is Absurdly Expensive Study: Food Stamps Do Much More to Fight Poverty Than We Thought Trump Tweeting Fabricated Murder Statistics From Neo-Nazis Income Inequality is Really About Housing Teaching Tools Review of Basic QR Skills Good lessons on basic QR skills include from preliminary to advanced algebra topics. Create a Graph Use your own data to create various kinds of charts and graphs. The Data and Story Library Online library of application activities to teach statistical methods. Flockdraw Can be used to create graphs and visuals for story-graphing activities Junk Charts A blog that critically examines how graphics work (or don’t) and how to improve them. Mathematics Across the Community College Curriculum (MAC3) A collaboration between The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) and several community colleges. This site contains dozens of course-specific quantitative acitvities, organized by discipline. NUMERACY: Advancing Education in Quantitative Literacy Open-access, peer-reviewed, electronic journal supporting education at all levels that integrates quantitative skills across disciplines Quantitative Research for Students: Introduction to QR A library guide compiled by Lisa Tappeiner and the 2014-15 QR Fellows; includes many resources and tools already in use by Hostos faculty. Spurious Correlations Printable/downloadable visualizations of unrelated data as a fun way of thinking about statistics. Understanding Uncertainty A website that aims to help readers improve their understanding of uncertainty and risk in order to think more critically about information. Data Sources for Quantitative Reasoning Google Public Data An extensive collection of data sets, including visual representations, from a wide variety of organizations. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene The section titled “Data and Statistics” features information on a variety of topics, including birth and death rates by borough, health information by neighborhood, sexually transmitted infection (STI) reports, access to health care and health insurance, and much more. Pew Research Center Downloadable data sets are organized by topic, and can be filtered by year. US Bureau of Labor Statistics Contains a broad range of labor-related information. US Census Bureau Information on the US census and a wide variety of social, economic, and geographic indicators that shape American demographics. World Health Organization Click on “Data” to access the Global Health Observatory (GHO), a repository of information that the WHO uses to monitor health around the globe. QR Initiatives in Higher Education Numeracy and Quantitative Literacy (NICHE) Calculation vs. Context: Quantitative Literacy and Its Implications for Teacher Education Examples of Other Higher Education QR Programs (NICHE) Current Practices in Quantitative Literacy (2006). Rick Gillman (Ed.). Mathematical Association of America Stemn, Blidi S., Teaching Mathematics with Cultural Eyes, Race, Gender, & Class 17/1-2 (2010): 154-62. Lotan, Rachel, Teaching Teachers to Build Equitable Classrooms, Theory Into Practice 45/1 (2006): 32-9. Quantitative Reasoning Workshop Materials QR in General Education QR in General Education (handout) Assessing Quantitative Thinking Introducing Numeracy Hostos QR Fellows: End-of-Year Report 2016-2017 Academic Year 2015-2016 Academic Year 2014-2015 Academic Year Current Fellow Gowun Park Office of Academic Affairs Gpark@hostos.cuny.edu 718.664.2515 Room: A-155 Bio Gowun Park Office of Academic Affairs Gpark@hostos.cuny.eduGowun Park is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at the Graduate Center of The City University of New York. Her research is focused on labor economics and inequality in the United States. She received a Master’s degree in Economics from New York University and used to work in the financial sector prior to becoming a part of academia. She has taught economics and finance courses at New York University and Hunter College since 2012. She is happy to work as a Quantitative Reasoning Fellow at Hostos Community College. Previous Fellow Devora Geller Office of Academic Affairs Dgeller@hostos.cuny.edu Bio Devora Geller Office of Academic Affairs Dgeller@hostos.cuny.eduDevora Geller is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology at The Graduate Center, an adjunct lecturer at Brooklyn College, and a Quantitative Reasoning Fellow at Hostos Community College. Her main research interests include the role that music has played in the process of assimilation and acculturation for American Jews during the twentieth century, and commercial sheet music as a cultural product of Yiddish-speaking immigrants. In the classroom, she has worked to empower student learning through innovative pedagogy, including the team-based learning approach and the implementation of quantitative reasoning activities. She is excited to work with the CTL, faculty, and staff to strengthen the quantitative reasoning curriculum at Hostos during the 2015-16 academic year.