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Math for the liberal arts: Moving away from the textbook

Harbaugh, A.G. (2005) Math for the liberal arts: Moving away from the textbook. In: Washington State Community College Math Conference, 5 - 7 May 2005, Highline Community College, Ocean Shores, WA.


Few courses permit math instructors as much latitude in choosing core concepts & learning outcomes as does the math class for liberal arts students. This presentation will discuss the rewards (and challenges) associated with an innovative approach that incorporated various books from the popular scientific literature for the avocational mathematician and lay scientist. This course was taught without a textbook, and the various assessment tools and alternative educational resources will be presented. Course objectives and learning outcomes will be discussed for this particular course and for such courses in general. Alternate versions of this course model will be presented for those instructors that are interested in incorporating similar concepts into their own classes. This will be a great presentation for those instructors interested in incorporating math classes into learning communities and coordinated study programs.

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