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Title: Writing math lessons that integrate Christian beliefs: The Kuyers Institute Grant Project ACMS Bienn


1
Writing math lessons that integrate Christian
beliefs The Kuyers Institute Grant Project
ACMS Biennial Conference June 3, 2005
  • Dave Klanderman, Trinity Christian College
  • Dave.Klanderman_at_trnty.edu
  • Gary Talsma, Calvin College
  • tals_at_calvin.edu

2
Outline of Presentation
  • The Charis Project Cause and Effects
  • The Kuyers Institute General Mandate and
    Overview of Specific Project
  • Sample Lessons (Currently Under Construction)
  • Hypercubes
  • The Gender Gap
  • Upcoming events and future challenges

3
The Charis Project Cause and Effects
  • Britains National Curriculum (1980s
    1992--OFSTED)
  • Spiritural, moral, social, and cultural
    development is a whole-curriculum matter
  • The Charis Mathematics materials
  • Math in context math as metaphor math and
    worship
  • Dominant math area data analysis

4
The Kuyers Institute
  • Mandate investigate applications of the
    integration of faith and learning
  • Project goal develop a collection of
    lessons/teaching units that middle/high school
    teachers can use to help them teach math from a
    Christian perspective
  • Free distribution of materials via Internet
    and/or CD-Roms (jump drives, etc.)

5
Project Team Members
  • Jim Bradley (Math, Calvin)Leader
  • Drew Busch (High School Math Teacher, Fremont
    High, MI)
  • Jan Gormas (Math Education, Calvin)
  • Dave Klanderman (Math Ed., Trinity)
  • Eve Ricketts (High School Math Teacher, Grand
    Rapids Christian High, MI)
  • Gary Talsma (Math/Math Ed., Calvin)

6
Titles of lessons/units
  • Mathematics and the nature of God
  • Mathematics and History I (and II)
  • Patterns in Creation (Fibonacci sequence, Golden
    Ratio, etc.)
  • Exponential Growth
  • Hypercubes
  • The Gender Gap
  • The Explosion of Space Shuttle Challenger
  • The Indian Ocean Tsunami26 December 2004
  • Paper or Plastic? No Thanks
  • Other lessons (Titles TBA)

7
Sample Lesson Hypercubes
  • Mathematical content
  • Iterative construction of n-cubes
  • Representations of 3-cubes and 4-cubes
  • Counting components of n-cubes
  • Faith perspective created in Gods image
  • Power
  • Limitations

8
Hypercubes (Continued)
  • Pedagogical considerations
  • Multiple levels
  • Related student projects
  • Hyperlinks

9
Sample Lesson The Gender Gap
  • Author Drew Busch
  • Highlights (see sample handout)
  • Presentation and discussion of regression
    analyses
  • Perils of assumed linearity and extrapolation
    beyond valid input range

10
The Gender Gap (Continued)
  • Intended Christian integration (and related
    challenges of the public school pilot site)
  • Analysis of intended math concepts
  • Potential data selection concerns

11
Upcoming Events
  • July 30, 2005 Final Drafts of Lessons/Units
    Due
  • August 20 (/- 2 days) Team meeting to discuss
    drafts and approval pilot versions
  • 2005-2006 school year Pilot-testing of some
    (all?) lessons/units
  • Several schools (local, national, international)
  • Summer 2006 Revision, Editing, and Distribution
    of Lessons/Units

12
Current and Future Challenges
  • Multiple potential audiences
  • Christian and public schools
  • U.S. and international schools
  • Location of integration of Christian beliefs
  • At beginning (and/or in teacher notes)
  • Throughout the sequence of activities
  • At end (and/or post-lesson reflections)
  • Achieving a harmony (unity?) of pedagogical
    style(s)
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