ERIC Number: EJ875517
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
Building Consensus and Providing Guidance among Professional Societies?
Lott, Johnny W.
AMATYC Review, v28 n2 p50-54 Spr 2007
Beyond Crossroads has as a stated objective having "two-year college mathematics faculty and institutions collaborate with professional societies, government agencies, and educational institutions to build consensus and provide guidance to practitioners." Issues involving two-year faculty and university faculty members in conversations about common issues has at times been challenging. With school teachers (typically members of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)) at the pre-collegiate level in the mix, the conversation becomes even more difficult. With students taking dual enrollment courses at high school and all levels, the Mathematics Association of America (MAA) writing placement examinations in conjunctions with Maplesoft for use throughout the collegiate levels, and teacher preparation being distributed across two-year colleges and four-year schools, the conversations are needed and desirable. In order for the conversations to happen, suggestions include working with the NCTM/MAA Joint Committee on Common Concerns, possibly adding a member of the Board of Directors of NCTM who is a two-year college person, adding a specific member of the Board of Governors for the MAA to represent two-year colleges and adding a representative from the pre-collegiate level and the four-year level to the American Mathematics Association for Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) Board of Directors. None of this will be easy, but each could help move the conversations along. Beyond Crossroads is a document with a wide vision of what could happen in this arena. It will take the concentrated work of the three named professional organizations to make this happen.
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Community Colleges, Schools, Mathematics Teachers, Guidance, Public Agencies, Dual Enrollment, Mathematics Instruction, Agency Cooperation, Institutional Cooperation, Teacher Collaboration, Secondary School Mathematics, Educational Quality, Academic Standards
American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. 5983 Macon Cove, Memphis, TN 38134. Tel: 901-333-4643; Fax: 901-333-4651; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.amatyc.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: N/A