QS In Particular Settings

The kind of class and campus setting can pose particular challenges and opportunities for teaching quantitative skills.

Introductory Courses

In 2006, this project ran a workshop titled Infusing Quantitative Literacy in Introductory Geoscience Courses at Carleton College in Northfield, MN. Participants submitted activities they use in introductory courses as well as course descriptions for intro courses that either contain a significant quantitative component of to which they wanted to add an emphasis on quantitative skills.

Also, the Teaching Quantitative Literacy module helps to tie particular mathematical concepts together with the geoscience context(s) where it is relevant and is aimed at introductory level students.

Large Classes

Teaching quantitative skills in large classes faces many of the same challenges as trying to teach anything in a large class. Teach the Earth has a Site Guide pointing to resources that work particularly well in large classroom settings.

Liberal Arts Colleges

The Quantitative Inquiry, Reasoning, and Knowledge (QuIRK) initiative at Carleton College aims to better prepare students to evaluate and use quantitative evidence in their future roles as citizens, consumers, professionals, business people, and government leaders.

Other Disciplines

The National Numeracy Network is a professional organization that seeks to raise the quantitative literacy of students across the curriculum. They have a number of resources available on their website and maintain links to other interdisciplinary efforts.