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Topic: Obvious(?) question: post-calculus vs. calculus and the rest
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Obvious(?) question: post-calculus vs. calculus and the rest
Posted: Jan 7, 1997 1:47 PM
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I have a question which maybe is obvious when you work in a US-style
curriculum (which I don't).

The fact that this list focusses on post-calculus learning and teaching
implies that the learning and teaching that is found post-calculus is
qualitatively and importantly different from that of calculus level??

Or that it should be different?

My impression from Bill Thurston's intro was that these are open
and relevant sorts of questions:

>The big question I've been wondering about is
>what practical goals do we want for mathematical education, and how
>can those goals be adequately expressed?

What are the particular aspects of post-calculus learning, teaching
and mathematical content which distinguish it from any other level
of mathematics education (K-12, calculus)?

Are there differences between the post-calculus learning of a mathematician,
physical scientist, life scientist, social scientist, engineer, etc??

-Phillip Kent.

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