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ERIC Number: EJ785743
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0268-3679
Recent Changes in A-Level Mathematics: Is the Availability and Uptake of Mechanics Declining yet More?
Lee, Stephen; Harrison, Martin C.; Robinson, Carol L.
Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications: An International Journal of the IMA, v26 n3 p111-118 2007
In the past 6 years changes have occurred in GCE A-levels. In particular, there have been several major changes in A-level Mathematics courses. As engineering students are usually required to have studied A-level Mathematics, or its equivalent, these changes have had an effect on their prior mathematical knowledge. Moreover, engineering students traditionally obtained a good grounding in mechanics as part of their A-level Mathematics qualification. However, mechanics, which was once included in the core syllabus, is now optional. This article investigates the current availability and uptake of mechanics modules within A-level Mathematics courses in schools. Comparisons are drawn between these results and results of a survey of schools in 2004 and surveys of first year engineering students conducted in 2004 and 2005. It is found that there is a decline in the availability of mechanics modules and the uptake of more than one mechanics module has also decreased. The implications of these findings for engineering educators are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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