ERIC Number: ED397245
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Mathematics for Vocational Students in France and England: Contrasting Provision and Consequences. Discussion Paper No. 23.
French postsecondary education for 16- to 19-year-olds is divided into programs that lead to the Baccalaureats--general, technical, and vocational--and to the lower-level Certificat d'Aptitude Professionnel (CAP) and Brevet d'Etudes Professionnelles (BEP). A common mathematics core curriculum is specified for all CAP students, regardless of specialty. More specialized mathematics is taught related to the student's vocational area. Individual teachers can and do restructure the curriculum to fit the abilities and prior achievement of the particular class and their vocational requirements. Research shows that French vocational students improve their mathematics in a system that demands high standards of students. In higher-level vocational courses (Vocational Baccalaureat), the mathematics objectives are more specialized, reflecting a definite choice of vocational area by the candidate. French vocational students have an incentive to work hard at the general education part of their courses because of the role these play in opening up future opportunities to them. By contrast, British courses of postcompulsory education increasingly conform to established practice at advanced level in not requiring the study of mathematics in postcompulsory education. This neglect of a core subject area hinders progression within the qualifications systems, depresses attainment, and lowers aspirations of both teachers and students. (Contains 57 endnotes.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comparative Analysis, Core Curriculum, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Skills, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Required Courses, Vocational Education
National Institute of Economic and Social Research, 2 Dean Trench Street, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HE, England, United Kingdom.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Nuffield Foundation, London (England).
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Economic and Social Research, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: France; United Kingdom (England)