PRIMUS: Cultivating a Productive Disposition Toward Mathematics by Engaging in Service-Learning

I have had the good fortune of being recently published in the journal PRIMUS (Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies).

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The article stems from my dissertation research and the examples of service-learning that I have shared on this site. I hope it presents a convincing case for the benefits of implementing service-learning in your classes.

If you don’t have access to PRIMUS and would like a free copy of the article, please feel free to email me at jwilkerson<at>regentsaustin<dot>org.


This research explores the positive impact of service-learning on the disposition of students in mathematics. This was a qualitative case study of high school AP Statistics students who completed a service-learning project. Data were gathered from student interviews, reflection journals, and field observations. The framework for the analysis follows the definition of “productive disposition” offered by the National Research Council and that remains foundational to the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice. The major themes that emerge from the data indicate that through service-learning, students see math as sensible, useful, and worthwhile. This supports the potential of service-learning as a pedagogical tool that can be utilized to develop a productive disposition in students; addressing at a practical level how the affective objectives of national policy documents can be achieved.


Proceedings from the 21st ACMS Conference

The Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences (ACMS) is pleased to announce the publication of Volume 21 of the ACMS Proceedings which can be found at the webpage or at (or click the image below).

The 21st biennial conference for the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences was held at Charleston Southern University in May 2017.

 This is the first time the ACMS Proceedings have been refereed. The 22nd biennial conference will be held at Indiana Wesleyan University May 29-June 1, 2019. A call for papers for the 2019 conference will be announced in May 2018.

(My own contribution can be found at the end of the Proceedings“Cultivating Mathematical Affections through Engagement in Service Learning.” You can find my presentation here).

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