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j
2016b.00330
Porkess, Roger
Modular A levels in mathematics.
Math. Sch. (Leicester) 40, No. 3, 210 (2011).
2011
Mathematical Association (MA), Leicester
EN
D34
B24
B74
modular syllabus
history of mathematics education
research
modular assessment
educational diagnosis
achievement measurement
goals of mathematics education
learning objectives
content selection
statistics
fragmentation and synopticity
course selection
validity and reliability
use of mathematics
educational planning
further education
Summary: The 1990s and early years of the 2000s saw a worrying decline in the numbers of students studying mathematics at A level in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This led to the closure of several Departments of Mathematics in Universities, greatly reduced numbers of students in others and linked to this a threat to the supply of wellqualified teachers of mathematics for our schools. From this doom and gloom scenario we are now seeing a boom in mathematics students and in 2010 numbers are back to those of the late 1980s. It is often argued that modularization of the mathematics curriculum and assessment has been one of the major driving forces behind the recovery. The author has been, for the past twenty years, at the forefront and a leading figure in the modularization story. In his article, he describes how MEI (Mathematics in Education and Industry) started the ball rolling and the challenges that were faced over the twenty years since the idea originated.