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Faculty In Action: Math

 
Dr. Gerald Eisman

Dr. Gerald Eisman
Director, Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE)
San Francisco State University
Category: Mathematics

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“Service-learning is a proven high impact pedagogy. Utilized properly it can be the most effective means for obtaining civic learning outcomes.”

 

In Dr. Eisman’s Elementary Statistics class, SFSU has created a unique environment to support non-traditional students by enrolling a cohort of formerly incarcerated individuals who enter the University through our Project Rebound program. Each semester, students are divided into teams with representatives of Rebound and traditional students on each. Teams are responsible for conducting a survey of individuals they know on an issue involving incarceration or reentry. In the past, the students have worked with the San Francisco Safe Communities Reentry Council to review the effectiveness of their guide on Getting and Staying Out; investigated opinions on the value of Three Strikes legislation; and collected information on the inequitable distribution of sentencing for drug use. Students report enhanced learning outcomes through study that involves problems that are current and significant.
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Eric HsuMS

Eric Hsu
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Director, Center for Science and Math Education
San Francisco State University
Category: Mathematics

In 2006, Eric Hsu established two service-learning programs: Early Field Experience, and the CSME Teaching Fellowships.

Hsu’s self-designed course Math 375: Early Field Experience pairs math majors with local teachers. Students volunteer in the classroom, observing and reporting, then tutoring and helping with group work, and sometimes even leading class sessions. The students debrief their observations and collectively analyze videotapes of the classes in a weekly 3-hour seminar.
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