A Constructivist Approach to Infusing Learning Domain and Multiple Intelligence Theories into Mathematics Instruction

Dr. Ryan Savitz,
Dr Fred R. Savitz
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The first year college experience is anxiety producing, and for college students who represent traditionally underserved populations, particularly ethnic and linguistic minorities, the anxiety can be even more pronounced. Add to the mix a requirement for students to complete at least one course in mathematics during the first semester and the conditions are set for potential academic disaster. To mitigate against this prospect, a father son team, the father a professor of education and the son a professor of mathematics, pools their discipline expertise in order to create opportunities for successful learning experiences in college mathematics. The team applies pedagogical theory to the content of college algebra with a focus on providing low stress, high achievement experiences for students from any population, but especially for students who are historically underrepresented among the ranks of college students. The team develops activities and assessments in mathematics, grounded on a foundation of classical and contemporary best practice. The desired outcome of the team's effort is to diminish anxiety and elevate performance in first year college mathematics.

Keywords: Pedagogy, Multiple Intelligence Theory, Mathematics Education, Learning, Diversity, Constructivist.
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Constructivist Approach to Infusing Learning Domain and Multiple Intelligence Theories into Mathematics Instruction, A

Dr. Ryan Savitz

Instructor, Division of Arts and Sciences, Neumann College

Ryan Savitz teaches a variety of mathematics courses to undergraduate college students. These students come from a diverse array of ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. The courses taught include introductory statistics and college algebra. Ryan graduated summa cum laude from Ursinus college, and has earned an MBA from Drexel University and a MS in statistics from Temple University. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Tourou University International. Ryan won teaching awards as both a graduate student and instructor at Temple University, and has been nominated for the 2005 Excellence in Teaching Award at Neumann College.

Dr Fred R. Savitz

Professor, Division of Education and Human Services, Neumann College

Dr Fred Savitz teaches courses in educational psychology, social studies methods, and pedagogy of cognition at Neumann College. His emphasis is constructivism in teacher education, and his work on the subject has been published internationally. Dr Savitz is the 2002 recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and was nominated for the Neumann College Faculty Senate Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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