Strengthening Empirical Reasoning Across the Curriculum

A lecture by Heather Van Volkinburg
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
12 PM
BCRW, 101 Barnard Hall

Discussion about the need 
for stronger STEM (science, technology, engineering,
and mathematics) education, especially for women and
 girls, abounds in the media, classrooms, and policy centers across America. In a society focused on big data, how can women’s colleges ensure that students have the skills they will need in an evolving landscape that increasingly relies on empirical approaches? As Barnard reviews its curriculum and initiatives in online and on-campus learning, Heather Van Volkinburg, Barnard’s associate director of learning initiatives and data services, draws on data collected at the newly created Empirical Reasoning Lab (ERL) to explore strategies to enhance critical thinking about numerical data, quantitative literacy, and qualitative analysis.

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Feb. 11, 2014 - 12:00 PM