ERIC Number: ED386231
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Crossroads in Mathematics: Standards for Introductory College Mathematics before Calculus.
Cohen, Don, Ed.
Intended to improve mathematics education at two-year colleges and other institutions offering lower division courses as well as to encourage more students to study mathematics, this publication presents the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges' (AMATYC's) standards for revitalizing the pre-calculus mathematics curriculum and stimulating changes in instructional methods. Following introductory sections, chapter 1 describes the goals and basic principles underlying the document, while chapter 2 presents standards for introductory college mathematics including seven standards related to intellectual development, seven related to curriculum content, and five related to pedagogy. This chapter also provides charts of guidelines for achieving the standards. Chapter 3 addresses issues of content and pedagogy related to the interpretation of the standards in the areas of mathematics foundation-building courses, technical programs, mathematics-intensive programs, liberal arts programs, and programs for prospective teachers. Chapter 4 reviews implications of the standards for faculty development and other departmental considerations; advising and placement; laboratory and learning center facilities; the use of technology; assessment of student outcomes; program evaluation; and articulation with high schools, other colleges and universities, and employers. Finally, chapter 5 covers implementation, including institutional recommendations, the role of professional organizations, proposed regional workshops, and the development of materials, while chapter 6 provides concluding remarks. (Contains 78 references.) (Sample math problems based on the standards are appended.) (KP)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, College Mathematics, Community Colleges, Educational Improvement, Introductory Courses, Mathematical Enrichment, Mathematics Education, Problem Solving, Program Implementation, Two Year Colleges
AMATYC, State Technical Institute at Memphis, 5983 Macon Cove, Memphis, TN 38134 (free while supplies last).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: EXXON Corp., New York, NY.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.
Note: Prepared by the Writing Team and Task Force of the Standards for Introductory College Mathematics Project.