Big Ideas in Literacy
Examining the Disciplinary Literacy Practices of an Applied Mathematician
Video and Reflection: Now watch Mathematics in the Real World: An Epidemiologist, which follows epidemiologist Traci Bethea in her mission to make an impact on the health and quality of life of African Americans. Through a series of research studies on a wide array of health issues with a disproportionately negative impact on black women, Bethea uses statistics and comparative data to advocate on behalf of health-care reform. You may want to take notes on the questions below.
- Before you watch: Consider the “real-world” literacy practices associated with mathematics, including reading, writing, speaking, and listening. How are these practices addressed and developed in middle school and high school mathematics courses?
- Watch the video: As you watch this video, notice and note the specific ways this applied mathematician uses literacy practices in her work. Where do you see her reading, writing, speaking, and listening mathematically?
- Reflect: Now consider the literacy practices that students encounter in your classroom. What aspects of the literacy practices that you saw in the video connect to the work of your students?