
06546564
j
2016b.00399
Shaw, Christopher
Quantitative literacy  problems that motivate.
Ohio J. Sch. Math. 72, 17 (2015).
2015
Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM), Columbus, Oxford, OH
EN
D50
D40
quantitative literacy
approach
motivation
problem posing
inquirybased learning
student activities
reallife mathematics
mathematical applications
sport
darts
simultaneous linear equations
rounding
approximation
combinatorics
Pascal's triangle
operational efficiency
numeracy
mathematical ability
mathematical literacy
Summary: In this article, I present a selection of problem types, with examples, that have been used with some success to motivate the topics in a quantitative literacy class so that learners may begin doing mathematics without period of discussion beforehand. In their original use, the setting for these problems is a small class at a large liberal arts college, but I hope that the work described within will still have some value for teachers of high school students, especially in classes where many learners struggle to appreciate mathematics. The approach outlined in this article is inspired by the methods of InquiryBased Learning, ``a teaching approach which intends to promote learning by engaging students in any of the processes or activities typically involved in scientific research \dots ".