id: 02360934
dt: j
an: 2005d.01539
au: Pierce, Robyn; Turville, Chris; Giri, Jason
ti: Undergraduate mathematics curricula - a new angle.
so: N. Z. J. Math. 32, Suppl., 155-161 (2003).
py: 2003
pu: University of Auckland, Department of Mathematics, Auckland; New Zealand
Mathematical Society, Auckland
la: EN
cc: D35
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ab: Stepping back and viewing the tertiary mathematics curriculum from a new
angle can have benefits for both students and staff. This paper will
describe new thematic mathematics units, designed for a cohort
dominated by pre-service teachers. The content and assessment of three
of these new units will be discussed along with details of the
incorporation of current technology, utilisation of realistic problems,
engagement of students in mathematical thinking, writing and
discussion, and the use of portfolios and projects as assessment tools.
Progress towards meeting the goals of this new curriculum has been
monitored. Results to date indicate an increase in both initial
enrolments and retention rates, increasing awareness of the relevance
of mathematics for other disciplines and every day life, reduction in
mathematics anxiety, increasing interest in mathematical thinking and
an improved understanding of mathematics. (orig.)
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