From: CRAFTY Subcommittee of CUPM
Subject: Curriculum Foundations for the First Two Years - Request for active participants
The MAA Committee on Undergraduate Preparation in Mathematics (CUPM) is beginning a major analysis of the undergraduate mathematics curriculum. As a first thrust of this effort the CUPM subcommittee, Calculus Reform and the First Two Years, CRAFTY, is planning to undertake a series of conversations with leaders of other academic disciplines whose students are "heavy users" of mathematics. (Detailed plans are available at http://flashman.neocities.org/CFound2.html.). These conversations will take place during a series of small workshops, each bringing together mathematicians and representatives from a small cluster of other disciplines. The workshops will take place over the next 18 months and will culminate with a curriculum conference designed to analyze and synthesis the workshop findings.
The purpose of the workshops and culminating conference is to generate foundational materials, based heavily on the needs of partner disciplines, from which a set of possible model curricula for the first two years of a mathematics program will be constructed. The foundational materials (primarily about the nature and desired outcomes of the first two years of undergraduate mathematics instruction, but also including additional needs of certain disciplines) will include:
Examples of how these expectations can be met, primarily in the form of possible courses and course sequences, will also be developed.
expectations of the skills to be attained at the end of the first two years lists of problems that students should be able to solve at the end of the first two years the nature of assessment tools that should be employed the "learning environments" in which students should work
Plans for the first two workshops
are in place: physics/computer science (sponsored by Bowdoin College
in October 1999) and engineering/physics (sponsored by the United States
Military Academy in November 1999). These workshops will serve as
pilots for the series of additional workshops to be conducted in the year
Request for active participants:
The Planning Committee is currently seeking individuals to serve on the
Steering Committee; colleges and universities to sponsor/organize/host
the disciplinary workshops; and individuals to provide information and
contacts with other disciplines, to write background material for the workshops
and to participate in the workshops. If you are interested in exploring
the possibility of participating actively or for additional information,
Planning Committee chair William Barker (email@example.com) or any other member of the Planning Committee: Susan Ganter(firstname.lastname@example.org ); Bill Haver (email@example.com), Deborah Hughes Hallett (firstname.lastname@example.org ), Harvey Keynes (email@example.com), William McCallum (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Donald Small (email@example.com).
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