ERIC Number: ED367529
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Challenges for College Mathematics: An Agenda for the Next Decade. Report of a Joint Task Force.
Steen, Lynn Arthur; And Others
This task force report is the Mathematical Association of America's response to the Association of American College's request to examine the issues that relate to the undergraduate program for mathematics majors. The first section of the report, concerning the present state of mathematics in liberal education, provides a historical perspective of college mathematics, discusses the common goals and diverse objectives of mathematics as an object of study and a tool for application, discusses the various tracks that mathematics majors can follow, emphasizes the breadth of mathematical background needed by mathematics majors, and examines effective programs in mathematics departments. The second section identifies and examines 13 challenges facing college mathematics: learning, teaching, technology use, foundational courses, connections among branches of mathematics, career variety, students' self-esteem, equal access by men and women, the communication of mathematical understanding, transitions between stages in mathematics education, opportunities for undergraduate research, attention to context in mathematical practice, and social support for students. The third section focuses on five mechanisms for renewal in college mathematics: (1) dialogue; (2) assessment; (3) faculty development; (4) departmental review; and (5) graduate education. A summary enumerates principles related to goals and objectives, breadth and depth of mathematics study, learning and teaching, access and encouragement, using computers, doing mathematics, students, and renewal. (Contains 68 references.) (MDH)
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Educational Principles, Educational Trends, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Liberal Arts, Mathematics Education, Undergraduate Study
Mathematical Association of America, 1529 Eighteenth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Mathematical Association of America, Washington, DC.; Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.