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Activity Number: 478
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract - #308681
Title: Moving Toward a Quantitative Literacy Core Competency Requirement
Author(s): A. John Bailer*+
Companies: Miami University
Address: Department of Statistics, Oxford, OH, 45056,
Keywords: statistical literacy ; learning outcomes ; rubric ; faculty learning community

Quantitative literacy (QL) is often characterized as a habit of mind that is demonstrated by breadth of application in different disciplinary contexts. QL includes statistical literacy along with number sense and an appreciation of models of functional relationships. The process of revising college requirements at state university is reviewed. In particular, the implementation of a QL core competency requirement is described. The use of a faculty learning community to develop and promote QL is discussed as is the importance of securing central administrative support. Developing a consituency of early QL promoters and a review structure with broad background is critical. Ultimately, a well articulated collection of QL learning outcomes with examples of each is needed to help win over the skeptical and reluctant.

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