Dr. Uri Treisman, professor of mathematics and public affairs at the University of Texas, will deliver two lectures at Baylor on important topics in education — math education and the “mindset” movement.
Treisman will speak Friday, Nov. 13, at 10:30 a.m. in Marrs McLean Science Building 101 (Packard Hall), as part of Baylor University’s BRIC Foundations lectures. He will also give a presentation on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 5:30 p.m. in BRIC Symposium 3160, with areception at 5 p.m.
Triesman is founder and executive director of the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
Treisman’s Friday presentation on mathematics education is titled “The Architecture of Intensification: Rethinking Remediation in K-12 and Postsecondary Mathematics Education.”
Even as federal and state education agencies concentrate their focus on college preparedness, far fewer than half of America’s high school seniors are college-ready in math. More importantly, the three highest failure rate courses in college are in mathematics. Treisman will relate how, responding to Texas House Bill 5, some Texas community colleges and their four-year transfer partners are collaborating with their local K-12 partners in constructing new offerings that strengthen students’ preparation for college mathematics.
In his Thursday evening lecture, titled “The Learning Mindset Movement: Promise and Pitfalls,” Treisman will discuss the “mindset” movement, which proposes that students’ academic achievement can be improved by shaping their beliefs about learning and their interpretations of the stresses associated with academic struggle. He will relate how this concept has gained support among school reformers and will trace the research and practice origins of current work in motivation and attribution theory relevant to mindsets by describing both promising results and unanswered questions. He will conclude with a discussion of the ethics of social psychological interventions.
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