Designing a Quantitative Reasoning Program: The QuIRK Experience
"Curricular talk tends to be dominated by disciplines....With no discipline naturally exercising leadership, there is neither an insistent nor a consistent call to make quantitative literacy a priority of education at the college level"
-Lynn Arthur Steen, Achieving Quantitative Literacy
QuIRK's novel approach to QR programming emphasizes students' use of numerical evidence in written argument. Here we explain how this programming decision reflects the several facets of QR as described in the literature. What is more, our rhetorical slant to QR programming has helped us to surmount institutional challenges, fostering rapid curricular change throughout the college.
- Grawe and Rutz's Integration with Writing Programs: A Strategy for Quantitative Reasoning Program Development (Acrobat (PDF) 169kB Jun8 09) (forthcoming in Numeracy) provides a more complete version of this argument.
QuIRK's program reflects a circular model of pedagogical reform. Assessment informs a professional development program which equips faculty to reform assignments and courses. Reforms are evaluated with further assessment, closing the loop.
Links to innovative QR programs and resources at other institutions.
Interested in learning more?
If you would like to learn more about QuIRK's writing-based QR program or if you would like to visit Carleton for first-hand experience with our professional development or assessment workshops, contact Nathan Grawe (firstname.lastname@example.org).