Neil Lutsky

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Carleton College

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Carleton's Quantitative Inquiry, Reasoning, and Knowledge (QuIRK) Initiative part of QuIRK
QuIRK's goal is to better prepare students to evaluate and use quantitative evidence. The focus of the project is on how quantitative reasoning (QR) is used in the development, evaluation, and presentation of principled argument.

Activities (2)

Introducing Introductory Psychology Students to Quantitative Analysis part of Teaching Resources:Quantitative Writing:Examples
In this assignment, students investigate a question about personality they have posed by analyzing variables contained in a data set made available to them. That data set includes personality trait assessment results, gender and other background variables, and ratings from measures of happiness and well-being. The data set contains ratings contributed by the students themselves as well as by students in this course in previous years. Students read a related summary of a meta-analysis of personality and happiness and are asked to submit a brief paper identifying their question, relating that question to course materials, and reporting the results of their investigation.

Writing about Numbers We Should Know part of Teaching Resources:Quantitative Writing:Examples
This assignment asks students to identify a number we should know (e.g., current world population) and to write a short paper that presents that number clearly and meaningfully. This is the opening assignment for a first year course on quantitative reasoning, and it is intended (a) to expose the students in the course collectively to important numbers they should know, (b) to introduce students to informational literacy issues raised by research searches for numbers, and (c) to give students practice in discussing numbers in writing in precise and principled ways.

Other Contribution

Neil Lutsky, Carleton College part of National Numeracy Network:Speaker Biographies Neil Lutsky helped develop Carleton College's FIPSE-funded Quirk (Quantitative Inquiry, Reasoning, and Knowledge) initiative, an across the curriculum approach to promoting quantitative ...