This course will use random walks as a backdrop to examining a variety of issues in the learning of new mathematics, such as: How do people learn mathematics? Why do some learn faster than others? What is "math anxiety"? How is mathematics best taught? Are alternative teaching methods better than standard lectures? Do issues of gender and race come into play? How do mathematical geniuses think about mathematics?
To succeed in this course, it is NOT necessary to be good at mathematics. Rather, it is important to be able to enthusiastically discuss and analyze mathematical thinking and learning.
Professor Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, Department of Statistics, University of Toronto