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We do not have developmental classes, but this is a hot topic in
healthcare settings, too. We have a progressive mix.  Our nursing
students have to pass a proficiency test without calculators, and be
able to do drug calculations with or without them, then they are
permitted to use them on the floor.  The rationale is that if they can
think mathematically, they will notice ballpark errors if they make a
mistake entering numbers into the calculator--like a decimal point in
the wrong place that would multiply the med by 10, for example.  Nurses
cannot afford math errors.
Linda Riggs Mayfield 

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From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Virginia Reiner
Sent: Wednesday, November 15, 2006 9:08 AM
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Subject: Calculator or No Calculator

Colleagues,

I know this is an age-old dilemma, but this question is again causing
controversy in our developmental math department.  

We offer 2 levels of developmental math, arithmetic and introductory
algebra.  Two out of the three instructors do NOT allow calculators to
be used in arithmetic.  The third is very much pro-calculator.  All 3
allow calculators in algebra.

What is your practice? 

Thanks as always for your help.

Ginny

Virginia Reiner
Director of the Conklin Academic Skills Center College of Saint
Elizabeth
2 Convent Road
Morristown, NJ 07960
973-290-4303
Fax: 973-290-4399

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From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Sandeford-Lyons, Stacey
Sent: Wednesday, November 15, 2006 9:17 AM
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Subject: ideas for campus wide writing program

Colleagues,

 

My current challenge is to address the English and writing needs of the
underprepared students attending my university, without traditional
developmental courses. Would you kindly share any ideas or innovative
programs that you have implemented on your campus? Our needs are great.
I am meeting with my VP for Academic Affairs today!

 

Stacey Sandeford-Lyons

Johnson C. Smith University

Director--Freshman Through Senior Year Experience

Telephone:  (704) 378-1114 & Fax (704) 378-3528

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