2021-22 Annual Meeting - Virtual Format

March 4-6, 2022 online via Zoom

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Recordings now available for NNN members. Email Luke Tunstall at stunstal@trinity.edu for more information.

Keynote Speakers: 
    Dr. Jane Miller Author of                   Dr. Susan Ganter         
Making Sense of Numbers
(2021)          Quantitative Literacy 


Dr. Jane Miller: Beyond Statistical Significance. A Holistic View of What Makes a Research Finding "Important". Students often believe that statistical significance is the only determinant of whether a numeric result is “important.” I start with a brief review of hypothesis testing, then discuss what questions inferential statistics can and cannot answer, including statistical significance, causality, causal order, direction of association, practical importance, whether the independent variable is modifiable, and generalizability of the results. I then describe factors that determine each of those aspects of “importance,” including study design, measurement, and context. I illustrate these issues with examples from a study of the association between the amount of time teenagers spent playing video games and time spent on other activities.     

Dr. Susan Ganter: Promoting Quantitative Literacy: Institutional transformation in the context of interdisciplinary STEM partnerships.   The National Consortium for Synergistic Undergraduate Mathematics via Multi-institutional Interdisciplinary Teaching Partnerships (SUMMIT-P) has been working since 2016 to revise and improve the undergraduate mathematics curriculum to address the persistent problem that students are unable to apply skills and content from mathematics classes to courses in both STEM and non-STEM fields.

 SUMMIT-P has gained significant experience implementing, studying, and disseminating the use of interdisciplinary and inter-institutional faculty partnerships to erode disciplinary silos. This work has resulted in the creation of substantive collaborations that culminate in lasting curricular change in the first two years of mathematics and in the partner disciplines served, creating an undergraduate curriculum—from mathematics to partner discipline—that is cohesive and seamless for students.

 Components of SUMMIT-P’s work have been used to initiate an intervention model that has resulted in curricular change in a wide variety of institutional contexts. The 12 participating institutions benefit from being part of the consortium through campus site visits; use of common protocols; extensive mentoring opportunities; professional development; use of Descriptive Consultancy and Success Analysis protocols; collection of multi-institutional data; and momentum as a consortium that has fostered accountability and a wide variety of dissemination outlets. SUMMIT-P is an important step toward understanding institutional transformation on a large scale that will support the mathematical development of STEM majors while increasing mathematical literacy among all college graduates.

 The SUMMIT-P consortium has experienced great success with collaborative processes, resulting in ongoing partnerships across many disciplines and institutions.   During this presentation, we will discuss how such partnerships help to immediately reinforce mathematical concepts in a variety of disciplinary settings, creating context across courses.

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