id: 05302981
dt: j
an: 2008d.00149
au: Lee, Stephen; Harrison, Martin C.; Robinson, Carol L.
ti: Recent changes in A-level mathematics: is the availability and uptake of
mechanics declining yet more?
so: Teach. Math. Appl. 26, No. 3, 111-118 (2007).
py: 2007
pu: Oxford University Press, Oxford; Institute of Mathematics and its
Applications (IMA), Southend-on-sea, Essex
la: EN
cc: D34 D35 D65
ut: curriculum; Great Britain; mechanics; A-level mathematics; first-year
students
ci:
li: doi:10.1093/teamat/hrm007
ab: Summary: In the past 6 years changes have occurred in GCE A-levels. In
particular, there have been several major changes in A-level
Mathematics courses. As engineering students are usually required to
have studied A-level Mathematics, or its equivalent, these changes have
had an effect on their prior mathematical knowledge. Moreover,
engineering students traditionally obtained a good grounding in
mechanics as part of their A-level Mathematics qualification. However,
mechanics, which was once included in the core syllabus, is now
optional. This article investigates the current availability and uptake
of mechanics modules within A-level Mathematics courses in schools.
Comparisons are drawn between these results and results of a survey of
schools in 2004 and surveys of first year engineering students
conducted in 2004 and 2005. It is found that there is a decline in the
availability of mechanics modules and the uptake of more than one
mechanics module has also decreased. The implications of these findings
for engineering educators are discussed.
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