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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.
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 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 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 10 – Brief Interventions and Assessments