• From Seminar to Scholarship

  • Dr. Sreedevi Ande and Dr. Mangala Kothari
    Math, Science and Engineering


    Article

    Ande, S., Kothari, M. “Scientific and Technological Applications in Teaching Mathematics”. In Proceedings of the Conference Synergy in STEM: Bringing Mathematics, Physics and Engineering Together, City College of Technology, New York, 2009.

    Reflection

    Participation in CTL’s Project Quantum Leap (PQL) seminar inspired us to develop this work. We have in fact used the activity projects that were developed during the seminars to show how we can teach basic mathematics courses such as Pre-Algebra, Elementary Algebra, and College Math and Trigonometry using themes from environmental science, public health, and economic or finance.

    This paper showcases the activities implemented in class and student’s reflection based on the knowledge gained through these activities and also, how effectively technology has supported math learning.

    Abstract

    The goal is to adapt Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) approach of teaching science and higher-level mathematics to a new setting and population: high-risk, urban community college students enrolled in basic skills mathematics classes. In adapting the SENCER-approach, a single, engaging context is explored for each level of mathematics. To enhance understanding mathematics, environmental science, public health, and economic or financial issues are used as themes in teaching math courses such as Pre-Algebra, Elementary Algebra, and College Math and Trigonometry. Additionally, mathematics classes are coupled with technologically oriented teaching methods. This paper showcases the activities implemented in class and student’s reflection based on the knowledge gained through the above activities and also, how effectively technology has supported math learning.