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ERIC Number: ED481568
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
The Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate: The Case of Mathematics. Carnegie Essays on the Doctorate: Mathematics.
Bass, Hyman
The Carnegie Foundation commissioned a collection of essays as part of the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate (CID). Essays and essayists represent six disciplines that are part of the CID: chemistry, education, English, history, mathematics, and neuroscience. Intended to engender conversation about the conceptual foundation of doctoral education, the essays are intended as a starting point and not the last word in disciplinary discussions. This essay offers a brief sketch of mathematics as a discipline, asserting that this perspective, whose validity endures, but whose incompleteness for doctoral preparation is increasingly evident, has historically dominated thinking about the doctorate. Following that is a discussion of the profession of mathematics as it has currently evolved. With this background, the essay then proposes one vision of "stewardship" of mathematics. The essay deliberately avoids the phrase "of the discipline of mathematics," since it intends this concept (of stewardship) to embrace the professional, as well as disciplinary, aspect of the field. In a final section, the essay outlines some implications of this perspective for the design of doctoral programs in mathematics. (EV)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Princeton, NJ.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: For related documents, see HE 036 204, 206-210.