Developing Cross-Disciplinary Competencies through College Algebra

Jaafar, Reem; Baishanski, Yelena
January 2012
InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching;2012, Vol. 7, p17
Academic Journal
Case Study
To argue for the importance of an integrative approach to learning in introductory STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and other courses, we present a case study of a project incorporating cross-curricular skills in a college algebra course. We analyze student work on the project and responses to surveys, and find the assignment affects positively students' mastery of specific quantitative skills, perceptions of learning, civic awareness, and sense of relevance of mathematical study. We use the analysis to suggest guidelines for designing other activities aiming to teach the whole student in introductory courses.


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