Through the national consortium, SUMMIT-P, Ferris State University faculty collaborated to develop and scaffold mathematics and quantitative reasoning across disciplines to reduce math anxiety. Participants in this collaborative group included faculty from social work, nursing, and mathematics who developed a case study on a Hurricane Katrina scenario that necessitated calculating the need for emergency shelter, water, food, and medicine, and as a response to the potential for a Malaria outbreak. This particular case study allowed faculty to use the lens of social justice to teach mathematical concepts and provided an avenue for nursing and social work students to engage in mathematics through a case study germane to their profession. This article discusses the process of developing this case study and focuses on the successes and challenges faculty and students faced while the parts of the case study were implemented in the varied disciplines. This discussion also includes sidebar contributions from faculty at other SUMMIT-P institutions who have engaged in similar cross-disciplinary collaborations.
Post, Elizabeth; Stone, Mischelle; Cavner Williams, Lauren; and Beaudry, Mary
"Using an Interdisciplinary Case Study to Incorporate Quantitative Reasoning in Social Work, Nursing, and Mathematics,"
Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations: Vol. 18:
1, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/jmsce_vamsc/vol18/iss1/5
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