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Re: College Algebra Standards
Posted:
Mar 14, 1995 8:03 PM


>I am aware of the NCTM standards for K12 mathematics, but I have had a >request for what the reform movement is suggesting for the standard >college algebra curriculum at the junior college or university level. >Can anyone point me towards a source for what's being advocated in this area?
Butch,
AMATYC (American Mathematical Association for TwoYear Colleges) has a document in it's final draft that is a "standards" document for precalculus (as in all the courses prior to) mathematics. It is _Standards for Introductory College Mathematics_.It discusses content and pedagogy for all courses from basic math skills up to calculus with notes for various populations served by community college math departments.
An outline of the document:
1. Introduction, need for change, philosophy and assumptions
2. Standards A. Intellectual Development B. Content Themes C. Pedagogy D. Guidelines for achieving the standards
3. Interpreting A. The Foundation (what students should have seen in school mathematics) B. Other paths i. technical programs ii. mathintensive programs (primarily transfer courses) iii. liberal arts programs iv. programs for prospective teachers
4. Implications  faculty development, assessment, advising, technology, etc.
5. Implementation
6. Looking to the future.
If you'd like a copy (if they still have some of the draft) the snailmail address is:
AMATYC State Technical Institute at Memphis 5983 Macon Cove Memphis, TN 38134 (901) 3834643
email: amatyc@stim.tec.tn.us
I say _if_ since they only printed x number of copies for the national meeting in Novemeber. I don't know if there was an additional printing. It should be coming out in a final document soon, though.
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