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The Joy of Quantitative Reasoning

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Author(s): Caren Diefenderfer

Journal: Numeracy
ISSN 1936-4660

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Mathematics | Classroom practice | Faculty development

ABSTRACT
One of the advantages of focusing on quantitative reasoning is that it spans a wide variety of topics. As incoming president of the National Numeracy Network, I would like to take the opportunity of this editorial to tell my story of intellectual reward from finding common purpose in quantitative reasoning with colleagues from disciplines outside of mathematics. The story starts with an NSF-funded faculty development project (DUE-9952807) to further a QR across-the-curriculum program and the finding from that program that merging authentic context with mathematics brings interaction and collaboration. That joy in learning from and working with colleagues in other disciplines has now expanded to seeking authentic context for all of my mathematics courses and being open to new ways of thinking.

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