Title: Math Curriculum Designed for Instructors and Students

Date: 11/15/2016

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Place: C304 Wells Hall

Speaker: Scott Baldridge, Louisiana State University

In designing new courses and curricula, it is essential to begin with a
good sense of four features: the purpose, the content, the audience, and the
narrative. In the usual approach, students are assumed to be the audience.
However, research on pedagogical content knowledge suggests that instructors
should equally be considered an audience of the content. In fact, instructors
are often the more important audience due to the critical role they play in engaging
students with the mathematics. In this talk, I will present two projects
that focused on instructor’s mathematical knowledge for teaching from the
onset. I will end by discussing a new paper on instructor-level knowledge of
quantities and rates, and its implications for the creation of instructor-student
curricula for beginning-level university math courses.