ERIC Number: ED245716
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The Academic Training of Two-Year College Mathematics Faculty.
Long, Calvin T.
The academic training needs of two-year college mathematics faculty are discussed in this paper and appropriate courses of study are proposed. After introductory comments on the diversity of two-year college students' needs for mathematics education, an undergraduate course of study appropriate for two-year college math faculty is proposed. This includes courses in heuristics and problem solving, discrete mathematics, calculus, computing, math appreciation, linear algebra, probability and statistics, number theory, geometry, abstract algebra, the history of mathematics, mathematical modeling and applications, and, for teachers of calculus, an advanced calculus course. Arguing that the master's degree should be the basic requirement for two-year college math faculty, the next section recommends a graduate pre-service program with a heavy concentration on mathematics and course work in professional education. Suggested courses focus on problem solving, linear algebra, advanced calculus, advanced differential equations, applied math, mathematical modeling, computing, teaching methods, a special project requiring independent research and careful exposition, and an extensive internship at a two-year college. Suggesting that the Doctor of Arts degree is an appropriate objective for two-year college math faculty seeking a doctorate, the paper then outlines the requirements of the Doctor of Arts degree at Washington State University, highlighting the importance of concentration on mathematics and math education rather than professional education. Finally, the need for professional continuing education is underscored. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Sloan Foundation Conference on New Directions in Two-Year College Mathematics (Atherton, CA, July 11-14, 1984).