EvCC Researcher: We Are Teaching the Wrong Mathematics


Math is often a stumbling block for students seeking a college degree, and Christopher Quarles, an instructor and researcher at Everett Community College, says old models of math instruction were part of the problem. Conceptual math “sticks with” students longer than procedural math, a study published by Quarles finds, and algebra without real-world connections does not prepare students for college-level math. ““If it’s too hard, students feel like, ‘I can’t learn this,’” Quarles says. “If it’s too easy, they don’t learn. Teaching students to memorize something is a lot easier.”

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