Quantitative Reasoning (QR) defined by the Association of American Colleges and Universities
A "habit of mind," competency and comfort in working with numerical data. Individuals with strong QR skills possess the ability to reason and solve quantitative problems from a wide variety of authentic contexts and everyday life situations. They understand and can create sophisticated arguments supported by quantitative evidence, and they can clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats (using words, tables, graphs, mathematical equations, etc., as appropriate).
A few ways the QSC can assist you with your courses
- Sample Statement to add to your course syllabus.
- Email your syllabus and/or assignments to us so that we can better support your students!
- Schedule a brief class visit so that we may introduce our services to your students.
Schedule a meeting with the director (Erin Hill) to discuss ways to integrate quantitative reasoning into your course and/or to collaborate in the development of classroom activities! A few examples:
- How to Graph: effective visualization of data
- Unpacking a Scientific Article - collaboration with the Writing and Communication Center
- Viewing and Discussion of Flatland
- Excel Workshop(s)
QR Teaching-Related Resources
- The National Numeracy Network an organization dedicated to increasing quantitative literacy for all citizens.
- SIGMAA QL A special interest group of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) focused on QL.
Quantitative Writing (on the NNN website) Information on how to integrate quantitative writing across disciplines.
Understanding exponential growth in the context of population models
Writing about numbers we should know
Comparing journalistic reports to primary sources of research
- Radical Math a resource for educators interested in integrating issues of social and economic justice into their math classes and curriculum. Also a resource for educators wanting to integrate QL into their courses dealing with issues of social and economic justice!
- Mathematics and Democracy A book (available electronically) prepared by the National Council on Education and the Disciplines. Attempts to define quantitative literacy (QL) and argues for the need for QL.