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Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students
Mathematical Mindsets - The Interplay of Identity & Knowledge in Learning & Life
Have you ever achieved well but had the nagging feeling you don’t really understand? Have you ever questioned why so many people fear and dislike mathematics, or other subjects? Or, why women and girls often opt out of mathematics when they get the chance, feeling they do not “belong” in STEM? Our world has changed dramatically in recent years - particularly with the availability of technology, and new understandings of the brain, yet many classrooms look strikingly similar to those in the 18th century. This seminar will consider the latest research in learning, neuroscience, and mindset to consider how learners develop mathematical mindsets and positive learning identities. We will also learn together in these ways, encountering quantitative ideas in a visual, creative, and connected way. We will consider the nature of the mathematics knowledge needed to be effective in the world, including ideas in data science. Students will spend time investigating cases of teaching and learning and developing new ideas to help others learn. This seminar is for students who are interested in education, and for those who would like to unlock their own learning potential at Stanford. We will meet together for a class dinner, and take a field trip to classrooms if possible, and to the Exploratorium, to see maths in action. The final project for this class will involve designing or creating tools for education or interviewing students to help discover new insights that will help others learn.