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"course went well"
Posted:
Jan 12, 1997 6:24 PM


As scientists and researchers, we insist on rigorous proofs throughout our work. Yet when making curricular decisions, when making statements about the merit of old courses or the success of new courses, we frequently hear or say:
"... I thought the course went reasonably well ..."
Is there any hope for a culture change that will require appropriate standards for proofs of success as well? Such standards of proof likely will be quite different from those in math and the physical sciences, but to essentially give no proof at all might even be taken as an insult to the education and social sciences communities.
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My remarks are motivated by Bob Davis' post  and are in no way intended to downplay his innovation and contribution. Indeed I visited the WWWsite, and liked it much!
# Date: Sat, 11 Jan 1997 05:17:38 0500 (EST) # From: "Robert B. Davis" <rdavis@math.rutgers.edu> # Subject: Jerry Uhl's note # To: mathedu@msri.org # # In response to Jerry Uhl's note: This past semester I taught a course called # "problem solving in mathematics" I thought it went vIt followed something # close to what Jerry describes, and I thought the course went reasonably well. # # You can get some idea of it, if you want, because unknown to me one student, # Lora Pitman, on her own initiative, made a web page in which she discusses # the course. Address: http://wwweden.rutgers.edu/~pitman # #   Bob Davis #



