Infusing Quantitative Reasoning Throughout the Curriculum
"The ability to apply quantitative methods to real-world problems requires a facility and an insight and intuition that can be developed only through repeated practice. Thus quantitative material needs to permeate the curriculum, not only in the sciences but also in the social sciences and, in appropriate cases, in the humanities, so that students have opportunities to practice their skills and see how useful they can be in understanding a wide range of problems."
-Derek Bok, Our Underachieving Colleges
Composed by Neil Lutsky, these 10 questions emphasize the fact that, as Steen writes, QR is about the sophisticated application of elementary mathematics.
In depth discussion of why and how to design QR writing assignments, including teaching tips and example assignments (Compiled by John Bean, Seattle University)
A QuIRK-supported collection of example QR-rich writing assignments used at Carleton and other institutions
Examples of QR-rich courses developed at Carleton
Why and how to help students use spreadsheets to answer QR questions, including examples in biology, economics, education, geography, history, sociology, and more (Compiled by Len Vacher, University of South Florida).
Interested in learning more?
If you would like to learn more about QuIRK's efforts to develop writing-based QR curricular materials or if you would like to visit Carleton for first-hand experience with our professional development or assessment workshops, contact Greg Marfleet (firstname.lastname@example.org)or Nathan Grawe (email@example.com).