ERIC Number: ED452888
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Why Math? Applications in Science, Engineering, and Technological Programs. AACC Research Brief.
Forman, Susan L.; Steen, Lynn Arthur
This research brief highlights the role of mathematics in Advanced Technological Education (ATE) programs. In 1994, in response to an urgent national need for highly qualified technicians, the National Science Foundation established a major effort to support innovative programs in Advanced Technological Education, especially in the nation's community colleges. Mathematics, itself in the midst of a major reform effort, is an important but often overlooked component of virtually all ATE programs. This report highlights the role of mathematics in ATE programs by: (1) documenting the critical role that mathematics plays in science as well as engineering and technological education; (2) illustrating the important and challenging mathematics embedded in science, engineering and technological programs; (3) emphasizing the need to include high-level mathematics in ATE and similar programs; and (4) encouraging the kind of broad mathematics education that students will need to succeed in modern technological fields. This report is in two parts: analysis of the mathematics in selected science, engineering, and technological programs, and case studies of ATE program areas that are especially rich in mathematical potential. Analysis includes topics such as mathematics in the workplace and pitfalls to avoid. Case studies include Global Positioning Systems and Precision Agriculture. (JA)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Mathematical Applications, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Skills, Science and Society, Science Careers, Technology Education, Two Year Colleges
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.
Note: Also supported under grant number DUE-9713869 to Bronx Community College.