ERIC Number: ED246923
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Technical Mathematics in Two-Year College Programs.
Washington, Allyn J.
An overview is provided of the current status of technical and vocational mathematics in the two-year college. Section I traces the development of technical math courses and discusses their function in the two-year college curriculum. Section II examines the use of applied math problems appropriate to particular vocational programs as an aid in motivating students; contrasts technical math courses with vocational math courses; advocates the coordination of math courses with other components of the technical or vocational program; and describes the basic topics to be covered in a technical math course to provide a good math background. The third section presents a profile of the technical-vocational math student and his/her educational background and needs, after which section IV looks at the extent to which calculators and computers are and should be used in technical math courses. Section V focuses on technical-vocational mathematics faculty, the reasons many do not wish to teach technical math, ways of getting faculty interested in teaching the courses, the importance of formal and informal meetings with members of the technical departments of the college, and the difficulty of updating and upgrading technical math instructors. Finally, section VI projects future developments, including a continuation of the growth in technical and vocational math courses. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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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).