# Goals + Learning Outcomes

**Goals for the Mathematics Program**

- To develop within our students skills in reasoning, problem-solving, critical thinking and analysis, oral and written communication, and use of appropriate technology.
- To develop within our students an awareness of, and abilities in, applications of mathematics in other disciplines and real-life situations.
- To prepare our students for meaningful employment in teaching, business, industry, government, or further study in mathematics or related fields.

*Student Learning Outcomes for the Mathematics Program:* Upon successful completion of the major in mathematics, it is expected that graduates will:

- Have an understanding of, and facility with, mathematical symbols and concepts (II)
- Be able to analyze a situation from graphical, numerical, algebraic, and verbal points of view (I)
- Be able to apply mathematical techniques to approach a problem according to the following three steps: (I, II)
- Set up the problem (translate from English to mathematics)
- Solve, or approximate a solution to, the problem using mathematics
- Interpret the results in the context of the given problem (translate from mathematics to English)

- Be able to make appropriate and effective use of technology to explore mathematical ideas and solve mathematical problems (I)
- Be able to communicate mathematics effectively both orally and in writing (I)
- Be able to understand a proof of a theorem, as well as discern flaws in a mathematical argument (I)
- Be able to construct a proof of a theorem (I)
- Be inclined to synthesize new mathematical material independently, placing it in a context of what is already known (I, III)
- Be predisposed to seek out the role of women in the historical development of mathematics
- Believe that the scientific method, rational thought, focused study, and creative exploration can be used to further progress toward the solution of problems, both within mathematics and in society at large (I, II, III)
- Be aware of, involved with, and prepared for professional development opportunities in the discipline and related fields (II, III)

The Mathematics/Childhood Education program is a dual-department program offered in conjunction with the Esteves School of Education. What follows is specific to the Department of Mathematics.

*Goals for the Mathematics/Childhood Education Program*

- To develop within our students skills in reasoning, problem-solving, critical thinking and analysis, oral and written communication, and use of appropriate technology.
- To develop within our students an awareness of, and abilities in, applications of mathematics in other disciplines and real-life situations.
- To prepare highly effective educators who believe in full inclusion, who value diversity, and are reflective and knowledgeable about best practices.

*Student Learning Outcomes for the Mathematics/Childhood Education Program:* Upon successful completion of the major in mathematics/childhood education, it is expected that graduates will:

- Possess a positive attitude toward mathematics (III)
- Master the mathematics that is used in the school curriculum (I, II)
- Be able to analyze a situation from graphical, numerical, algebraic, and verbal points of view (I)
- Be aware of the effectiveness of mathematics in analyzing real-world situations, and be able to connect mathematics to other subjects (II)
- Be able to apply mathematical techniques to approach a problem cooperatively according to the following three steps: (I, II, III)
- Set up the problem (translate from English to mathematics)
- Solve, or approximate a solution to, the problem using mathematics
- Interpret the results (translate from mathematics to English)

- Be able to make appropriate and effective use of technology to explore mathematical ideas and solve mathematical problems (I)
- Be able to communicate mathematical ideas effectively both orally and in writing (I, II)
- Be able to incorporate new ideas to enrich the mathematics curriculum and enliven the learning in the classroom (III)
- Explore and demonstrate successful pedagogical strategies and inquiry-based activities in the mathematics classroom, with particular emphasis on the issue of gender (III)
- Be aware of the role of women in the development of education and mathematics (III)