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ERIC Number: EJ1174397
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
Mathematics Practicum at St. Olaf College: Project-Based Learning through Academic Civic Engagement
Sanft, Rebecca; Ziegler-Graham, Kathryn
PRIMUS, v28 n4 p335-349 2018
The Mathematics Practicum has been offered at St. Olaf College for over 30 years. The Practicum is a 4-week, January Interim course where three teams of five students work on consulting problems solicited from area businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. These problems have significant mathematical, statistical, and computational components. The projects end with a professional-quality student presentation at the client's home office. This project-based, interdisciplinary, experience encourages problem solving, collaboration, inquiry, and communication skills. We discuss the logistics of the course, key factors that make this a positive experience for both the students and the sponsoring organizations, continuing challenges, and benefits to the students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota
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