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Mary K. Hannigan

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Re: College Algebra Standards
Posted: Mar 14, 1995 8:03 PM
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>I am aware of the NCTM standards for K-12 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 Two-Year 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. math-intensive 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 snail-mail
address is:

AMATYC
State Technical Institute at Memphis
5983 Macon Cove
Memphis, TN 38134
(901) 383-4643

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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