Another very valuable resource that may be of interest to you is the working draft of "A Framework for Constructing a Vision of Algebra prepared by the Algebra Working Group of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (September 1994)." While this document is geared toward re-envisioning K-12 algebra, I think it would be useful to you on the topic of the standard college algebra curriculum, because it seems that the college algebra curriculum is what it is as a result of what students do (not) get out of the pre-college algebra curriculum.
Here is an excerpt from the Preface: "In 1994 the NCTM Board of Directors created the Algebra Working Group and charged it to produce a document that: * expands the vision of "algebra for all" that begins with experiences in early elementary school and extends through secondary school; * elaborates this vision by including examples, practical ideas and promising practices, and helps teachers and school systems raise questions about the process of change.
".... The framework and the examples are presented here so that, in keeping with the charge, this document provides a foundation for rethinking the algebra curriculum. The purpose of the document is to generate thought, debate, reaction, and attention to the many issues surrounding algebra. The document can serve as a motivation for a continuing series of papers, conferences, and activities related to algebra. Various communities should be able to use the document as a basis for constructing their own vision of an algebra strand, K-12, that will serve the needs of all students. Mathematics teachers, mathematics supervisors, mathematics teacher-educators, mathematics-education researchers, mathematics curriculum developers, textbook authors, mathematicians, policy makers, parents, and community members will find in the document stimulation for grappling with issues and decisions related to changes in the teaching and learning of algebra."
I am not sure whether/how this draft is obtainable at this time from NCTM, but they would be the ones to contact for more information since their address is listed in the front of the document. NCTM also has an email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
At 1:52 AM 3/14/95, Butch Sloan wrote: >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?
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