Introducing "Mathematical Literacy for College Students"


As of Spring 2015, over 500 sections of our Math Lit course are being offered across the United States (separate from those used in the Quantway(tm) network). Commercial books are available; contact your representatives.

What has changed? How was this done?

Well, quite a few details have changed. In fact, far fewer outcomes are listed in this draft -- they focus on the critical 'core' of each area,
so that we do not get distracted by minor points in the picture. Overall, however, these groups of outcomes paint the same basic
picture ... a strong focus on literacy for all students.

These drafts were created during a meeting in Austin (Feb 5 & 6, 2010). The direct reason for this meeting was to develop the "FML" (blue-box)
outcomes so that they would be compatible with the "statway" outcomes. In case you have not heard of statway, that is a vision for a one-year
program to take students from developmental mathematics thru a credit course in statistics; statway is also a grant-based project to develop
and implement the statway curriculum ... and we are hoping to use a similar process for MLCS (mathematical literacy for college students).
Within these grant projects, institutions will be obligated to accept the core outcomes and materials; local additions are acceptable, but no
deletions or modifications. Due to these uses of the outcomes, we are not soliciting input on possible changes at this time. However, as faculty
and institutions implement courses like MLCS, their feedback will create opportunities to make revisions or share alternate lists of outcomes
(for non-grant use).

Specifically, the statistics goal has been taken out -- the intent is that statistics would still be addressed within MLCS, but through distributed
contexts and examples. In other words, students will experience statistics in applications and situations throughout; this is the same approach
being used for geometry. There is a risk, therefore, that people will not understand how DIFFERENT this MLCS is compared to the old curriculum;
please understand that we continue to call for a fundamentally different experience.

An update to the MLCS outcomes was done in 2013. See the first document below!


THE GOALS -- THE OUTCOMES

Updated document with all outcomes:

Numeracy
Proportional Reasoning
Algebraic Reasoning
Functions and Modeling




The MLCS "Spinne Model":

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Additional information (and presentations) on the New Life model is available at DevMathRevival