Larissa Fradkin has founded Sound Mathematics to promote a systematic approach to teaching and learning of college algebra and basic calculus. The approach had been tried and tested in class.
Larissa had been an academic/faculty at London South Bank University, teaching college algebra and basic calculus to large classes of STEM students for 16 years. London South Bank University is a quintessential University of widening access/broadening participation. This means that its STEM freshers often have limited mathematical background, limited memory, limited interest in mathematics and limited time to study it. Larissa has developed a systematic and efficient teaching method – Socratic dialogue based on Eulerian sequencing – that is suitable for our times. The method marries modern evidence-based pedagogical findings with educational ideas that can be traced back to such educational and mathematical giants as Socrates and Euler. The courses, which incorporated Larissa’s modules, had been accredited by several UK professional bodies, sometimes only after the inspectors satisfied themselves that her teaching system led to deep learning. They were particularly impressed, because the type of students that took these courses have often been failed by traditional teaching. Interestingly, inspectors found no correlation between the quality of student qualification on entry and the quality of their degrees. Larissa’s experience has confirmed that practically every STEM student can succeed – if taught in a systematic manner!
Publications and Awards
2. Fradkin L. et al. “Development of GUI for Intelligent Feedback Algebra and Calculus Tutor”, FESBE Learning & Teaching Fellowship, LSBU, 2006.
3. Fradkin L. et al. “Interactive Decision Tree in Graphical User Interface for the intelligent Electronic Personal Algebra and Calculus Tutor (e-pact)”, FESBE Learning & Teaching Fellowship, LSBU, 2007.
4. Fradkin, L., Lerman, S., Warwick J., et al. (cross-faculty) “Developing e-PACT: electronic personal algebra and calculus tutor”, LSBU Learning & Teaching Project Innovation Scheme, 2008-2009.
5. Fradkin, L., Zernov, V., Crisan, C. and Lerman, S. “First Year Engineering Mathematics: The London South Bank University experience”. MSOR Connections, 2010 Spring. Available online: http://journals.heacademy.ac.uk/action/doSearch?searchText=fradkin
6. Fradkin L. “Socratic dialogue: Learning to teach a modern learner”, Learning Dialogues, The University of Northampton Learning and Teaching Conference, 13 May 2010.
7. Fradkin L. “Teaching algebra and calculus to engineering freshers via Socratic Dialogue and Eulerian sequencing”, International Conference on Engineering Education ICEE-2010, Gliwice, Poland, 18 – 22 July 2010.
8. Fradkin L. “Teaching Algebra and Calculus to Engineering Entrants”, Wismar Frege Series, Hochschule Wismar, ISSN 1862-1767, pp. 20, 2011.
9. Fradkin L. and Zernov, V., “Electronic Algebra and Calculus Tutor”, The 9th International Conference on Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications: EISTA 2011, Florida, USA, 19 – 22 July 2011 (to appear).
10. Fradkin L. “How to teach elementary algebra to engineering freshers in three weeks”, International Conference on Engineering Education ICEE-2011, Belfast, Ireland, 22-26 August 2011.
11. Fradkin L. “Issues surrounding teaching pre-calculus”, International Conference on Engineering Education ICEE-2012, Turku, Finland, 30 July 30 – 3 August 2012.
12. Fradkin L. “Issues surrounding teaching elementary calculus to non-mathematicians“, International Conference on Engineering Education ICEE-2012, Marrokesh, Morocco, 30 July 30 – 3 August 2013
13. Fradkin L. “Elementary Algebra and Calculus: The Whys and Hows”, Bookboon, ISBN: 978-87-403-0151-9, pp. 361., 2013. Available online: http://bookboon.com/en/elementary-algebra-and-calculus-ebook
14. Fradkin L., Issues surrounding teaching elementary calculus to non-mathematicians, International Conference on Engineering Education ICEE-2013,, Marrokesh, Morocco, July 30 – August 3 2013.
15. Fradkin L., “ On MOOCs for Engineering Maths”, International Conference on Engineering Education ICEE/ICIT-2014, Riga, Latvia, 2 – 6 June 2014.