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Mathematics


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Friday, August 25, 2017

2:00 pm in 314 Altgeld Hall,Friday, August 25, 2017

Anti-deficit Approach to Teaching Undergraduate Mathematics

Dr. Aditya P. Adiredja (University of Arizona)

Abstract: I begin by sharing an overview of research that specifically discusses equity concerns in undergraduate mathematics. I highlight common deficit perspectives on students, institutional factors, and broader social discourse that have been documented to contribute to inequities in undergraduate mathematics. The main presentation will focus on the importance of an anti-deficit perspective on studentsí mathematical thinking as part of an equitable teaching practice. I contextualize the perspective using a recent study about female students of colorís explanations about bases in Linear Algebra. I encourage the audience to consider how they might explain bases using ideas from their everyday life, and how they might explain the process of solving Diophantine Equations. As part of the discussion, we will be engaging in an activity where the audience will have an opportunity to interpret studentsí explanations and proofs from an anti-deficit perspective.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

10:00 am in 314 Altgeld Hall,Saturday, August 26, 2017

Democratic Access to Mathematics Learning: How Can We Learn to Give Students Feedback Across Identity Difference?

Dr. Esther Enright (Boise State University)

Abstract: This workshop introduces an explicit method instructors can use to give students feedback in their college mathematics classrooms. The method, called Wise Feedback, protects students in college mathematics classrooms under stereotype threat, improving their access to learning. Giving Wise Feedback also supports college mathematics instructors in building relationships, being explicit about learning goals, and creating democratic access to learning for all students. During the workshop, we will learn about stereotype threat, how the Wise Feedback model works, and practice delivering Wise Feedback.