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  • Facing the Odds: The  Mathematics of Gambling and Other Risks

    The purpose of this curriculum is to enhance students’ interest in mathematics and provide the knowledge and skills that can help students to think more critically. This curriculum aims to make mathematics more meaningful to students and more relevant to their daily lives by introducing concepts of probability and statistics through the use of gambling- and media-related topics. With the proliferation of gambling opportunities throughout America, young people have exposure to, and inherent curiosity in gambling-related matters; this curriculum uses this curiosity to present important mathematical concepts. For example, students will learn about randomness and chance as these concepts relate to probability and gambling, the probability of winning the lottery, and the use of statistics in the media and everyday life. This curriculum also will help students to develop critical thinking and number sense skills and to apply these skills to media, advertising, and gambling issues. In particular, students will learn to make decisions and choices about gambling activities based on mathematical reasoning. Contemporary research shows that gambling behavior is prevalent among youth and that a proportion of young people are experiencing problems related to gambling. This curriculum provides an opportunity for students to learn about mathematics through relevant contemporary social issues has the potential to increase student interest in mathematics and concurrently to diminish the likelihood of the development of addictive behaviors.

    How To Use This Curriculum

    Due to its size, the curriculum has been divided into separate sections listed below, that can be downloaded to your hard drive. Once downloaded, you need to decompress the files with an utility like WinZip. This will allow you to view and print the different sections for personal or classroom use. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader® to view and print the files. Some sections also include supplemental files as teaching resources for teachers. The supplemental files are overhead slides intended for classroom use. These files have been saved as Microsoft PowerPoint®. If you don’t have Microsoft PowerPoint® installed in your computer, you can download a free PowerPoint® viewer from the Microsoft web site. Read more here.


    Curriculum Preface

    Section 1: Introduction to Probability

    Section 2: Probability and Gambling

    Section 3: Media Literacy & Gambling

    Section 4: Reality of Winning the Lottery

    Section 5: Statistics in Every Day Life

    References & Glossary

  • Research Methods for the Social Sciences: An Introductory Course

    Presented within the context of the addictions, the primary goal of this course is to provide participants with the tools necessary to be critical consumers of research and, for some, begin to design their own research.

    Class 1 – Course Introduction 

    Class 2 – Research Design Overview

    Class 3 – Research Design Part II – Data Collection and Procedures

    Class 4 – Measurement and Validity 

    Class 5 – Crash Course in Statistics

    Class 6 – More on Design: Causality

    Class 7 – Research Ethics

    Class 8 – The Context of Research

    Class 9 – Course Conclusion

  • Special Topics in Addiction

    Using the Syndrome Model of Addiction as the framework, this course covers topics related to both chemical (e.g., alcohol) and behavioral (e.g., gambling) expressions of addiction.

    Class 1 – Addiction Syndrome 

    Class 2 – Addictive Behavior & Psychiatric Comorbidity

    Class 3 – Behavioral Healthcare Issues and Assessment 

    Class 4 – Gender & Addiction

    Class 5 – Addictive Behavior and Crime

    Class 6 – Technology & Addiction 

    Class 7 – Stability of Addictive Behavior 

    Class 8 – Addiction & Self-regulation

    Class 9 – Challenges for Longitudinal Addiction Research

    Class 10 – Brief Interventions and Assessments