A Fresh Start for Collegiate Mathematics

A Fresh Start for Collegiate Mathematics

Rethinking the Courses Below Calculus

eBook - 2006
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The 49 papers in this volume examine how the mathematics courses below calculus might be refocused to provide better mathematical experiences for all students. The initiative involves a greater emphasis on conceptual understanding and de-emphasizes rote manipulation. It encourages the use of realistic applications, math modeling and data analysis that reflect the way math is used in other disciplines. The authors underscore the importance of communication skills and the appropriate use of technology to enhance conceptual understanding. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Each year, over 1,000,000 students take college-level courses below calculus such as precalculus, college algebra and others that fulfill general education requirements. Most college algebra courses, and certainly all precalculus courses, were originally intended to prepare students for calculus. Most are still offered in this spirit, even though only a small percentage of students have any intention of taking calculus. This volume examines how the courses below calculus might be refocused to provide better mathematical experiences for all students. This initiative involves a greater emphasis on conceptual understanding with a de-emphasizing on rote manipulation. It encourages the use of realistic applications, math modeling and data analysis that reflect the ways mathematics is used in other disciplines. It promotes the use of active learning approaches, including group work, exploratory activities and projects. It emphasizes communication skills: reading, writing, presenting and listening. It endorses the appropriate use of technology to enhance conceptual understanding, visualization, and to enable students to tackle real-world problems.The 49 papers in this volume seek to focus attention on the problems and needs of the courses and to provide guidance to the mathematics community. Major themes include: new visions for introductory collegiate mathematics, transition from high school to college, needs of other disciplines, research on student learning, implementation issues, and ideas and projects that work.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Mathematical Association of America, Ă2006
ISBN: 9781614443025
1614443025
0883851792
9780883851791
Characteristics: 1 online resource : illustrations

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