ERIC Number: EJ691051
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Rethinking the Tertiary Mathematics Curriculum
Petocz, Peter; Reid, Anna
Cambridge Journal of Education, v35 n1 p89-106 Mar 2005
Mathematics curriculum at the tertiary level is located within a range of social and cultural theories, and is often constructed by academics seeking to promulgate a particular view of mathematics. We argue that such a curriculum should incorporate a real acknowledgement of the different ways in which students understand the nature of mathematics and its role in their professional lives. Our research with students across a variety of disciplines has shown a strong relationship between the ways in which students perceive their future work and how they go about learning whilst at university. We suggest that students of mathematics would benefit from a curriculum that focuses on using mathematics as a means of investigating the world and takes every opportunity to make connections and develop professional skills. Our aim is to provoke a general debate on the overall aim and nature of mathematics curriculum at the tertiary level.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries, Postsecondary Education, Curriculum Development
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Education Level: Higher Education
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