Stimulating Quantitative Reasoning

Adeniran Adeboye, Ph.D.

April 21, 2011

Video Segments

  1. What is quantitative reasoning?
  2. Why is quantitative literacy so important?
  3. How did early Africans develop quantitative reasoning?
  4. What level of quantitative reasoning should high school and college graduates achieve?
  5. How could colleges set up a quantitative literacy program?


Taking viewers back to Ancient Africa, mathematics professor Adeniran Adeboye presents archaeological evidence that early humans engaged in mathematical reasoning.  This evidence is just one more reason he contends that every healthy human being has the capacity to learn math.  What learners need is an opportunity to discover the fundamentals and to reinforce their learning throughout their school years so that they develop the habit of quantitative reasoning.   So what is quantitative reasoning?  In this video, Dr. Adeboye demonstrates and defines it, explains why it is critical for success in today’s society, and reveals why schools—primary through college—must engage students in quantitative reasoning to solve real-world problems across the curriculum.  “It takes a village” to teach a child to speak, he says, so the same applies to teaching mathematics.   Through campus-wide quantitative literacy programs, he insists, America’s college graduates could finally achieve the standards for quantitative reasoning that the Mathematical Association of America recommends.  Thus, he concludes his presentation by explaining how colleges can develop and assess quantitative literacy programs—in short, how colleges can turn a campus into a village.