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Writing with Numbers Workshop

Organized by the National Numeracy Network and Carleton College's Quantitative Inquiry, Reasoning, and Knowledge (Quirk) Initiative

Dates: May 15-16, 2008; Location: Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH

We are seeking participants who have developed or are developing assignments that engage students in writing with numbers in any field of study and who are willing to share those assignments with colleagues. There is no registration fee for the workshop; meals will be provided; and travel funding is available for those participants lacking grant support. Space is limited, however, so early applications are encouraged. The application deadline is May 1, 2008.
Two students working together on a computer assignment

The goals of this workshop are:

  • to meet with colleagues from across the country who are interested in helping students learn to write (and argue) using quantitative information and reasoning,
  • to refine specific writing assignments from disciplines across the curriculum that involve students in writing with numbers, and
  • to post those assignments on a website sponsored by the National Numeracy Network for use by others as model assignments or as actual course projects.
Each participant is expected to contribute an assignment involving writing with numbers to the workshop. Drafts of these assignments will be due May 1.

The Writing with Numbers workshop will feature a keynote address by Mya Poe, Ph.D., Director of Technical Communication at the MIT Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies. A tentative schedule for the workshop is available.

This workshop is being held in conjunction with two other meetings of potential interest to faculty concerned about quantitative literacy: the annual meeting of the National Numeracy Network (NNN) on Thursday morning and afternoon, May 15, and the annual meeting of the Northeast Consortium for Quantitative Literacy (NECQL) Saturday, May 17. The NNN annual meeting will consist of a business meeting the morning of May 15 and presentations on quantitative literacy initiatives and advances the afternoon of May 15. The NEQL meeting will feature talks on quantitative literacy through the late afternoon on Saturday, May 17. Participants in the Writing with Numbers Workshop need not attend these other meetings but are certainly invited to do so. The NECQL link provides travel and lodging information. Participants will be responsible for their own lodging arrangements.

Workshop Conveners

  • Neil Lutsky, Quantitative Inquiry, Reasoning, and Knowledge Project, Carleton College, [Contact Neil for further information or to request travel support.]
  • Cathryn Manduca, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College
  • Corrine Taylor, Director, Quantitative Reasoning Program, Wellesley College
  • Nathan Grawe, Quantitative Inquiry, Reasoning, and Knowledge Project, Carleton College

The workshop is sponsored by the NNN and supported by grant #P116B040816 from the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) program to Carleton College for its Quantitative Inquiry, Reasoning, and Knowledge (Quirk) Initiative.

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