Recently, East Georgia State College’s school of mathematics and natural science was well represented at the University of Georgia College of Education Innovation in Teaching and Technology Conference in Athens.
Dr. Breana Simmons, Association Professor of Biology, and Dr. Lena White, Associate Professor of Physics, presented a work entitled “Evaluating the Performance of MOWR Students in STEM Courses as an Indicator of Overall Success in Higher Education,” an analysis of students in dual enrollment programs such as Move on When Ready. The presentation was co-authored by Dr. Dee McKinney, Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning. Doctors McKinney, Simmons and White analyzed student data from 2011 to 2016 to evaluate changes in the abundance, diversity and success rates of high school students enrolled in STEM and non-STEM courses at EGSC. Initial results indicate that MOWR students are a proportionally large and diverse body of students who are generally more successful in STEM courses than their traditional student counterparts. This level of achievement in the early stages of their college careers may lead to degree completion at a higher rate than normally expected.
Mina Vora, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, also presented her work on critical thinking in the classroom in a presentation entitled “Critical Thinking Analysis.” The aim of the project was the emphasize the idea of critical thinking when tied to the concept of variability in statistics on a study carried out at EGSC. Group work played a tremendous role in having the students learn from each other, enhancing the concept of scaffolding. Students were excited about working on the group project and experienced great success in this endeavor.
Vora concluded,” Students enjoyed working in groups on this project. I feel the need to place great emphasis on cooperation as well as group work, which plays an important role in students’ learning.”