
05302981
j
2008d.00149
Lee, Stephen
Harrison, Martin C.
Robinson, Carol L.
Recent changes in Alevel mathematics: is the availability and uptake of mechanics declining yet more?
Teach. Math. Appl. 26, No. 3, 111118 (2007).
2007
Oxford University Press, Oxford; Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), Southendonsea, Essex
EN
D34
D35
D65
curriculum
Great Britain
mechanics
Alevel mathematics
firstyear students
doi:10.1093/teamat/hrm007
Summary: In the past 6 years changes have occurred in GCE Alevels. In particular, there have been several major changes in Alevel Mathematics courses. As engineering students are usually required to have studied Alevel 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 Alevel 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 Alevel 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.