CUPM Subcommittee on Calculus Reform and the First Two Years (CRAFTY) Below you will find the first portion of minutes of our summer meeting in Toronto. The meeting was Chaired by Susan Ganter; these minutes were prepared from notes Susan took at the meeting. The majority of the meeting was spent on planning for the Tulane II conference --- the notes on this topic will be sent in a separate mailing. CUPM Subcommittee on Calculus Reform and the First Two Years (CRAFTY) Minutes, Toronto, Thursday, July 16, 1998, 12:45pm - 2:35pm Notes produced by Susan Ganter Further edited by Bill Barker Attendance. Committee members: Susan Ganter (Acting Chair), Shelly Gordon, Martin Flashman Visitors: David Smith (1) GENERAL DISCUSSION It was reported that the AMS has a special session in the January meetings in San Antonio organized by George Andrews, et al, dealing with problems with the current reform efforts in mathematics education. How this session will impact the various CRAFTY events in San Antonio is an interesting question. In Toronto Jerry Uhl talked on the changes needed in mathematics education; there was a counter-presentation given by George Andrews. A similar point-counterpoint presentation will be given by David Smith and George Andrews at the International Congress of Mathematicians in August. It was estimated that approximately 75% of audience (composed primarily of SIAM meeting participants) supported GeorgeUs viewpoint, i.e., agreed with his characterization of the problems with reform courses and the student weaknesses that contribute to the waning excellence in mathematics education. One positive aspect of the discussion was a focus on faculty irresponsibility, i.e., research as the sole driving force in university careers and the lack of rewards for excellence in teaching. Report on the ASEE meeting. Shelly Gordon organized a CRAFTY session on calculus reform at the ASEE (American Society of Engineering Education) at their annual meeting in Seattle this July. Martin Flashman and Wade Ellis were the CRAFTY representatives. There were 15-20 people in attendance. The meeting ended with a gathering of input from the audience of engineers on what they desire out of calculus instruction for their students. Wade Ellis took notes, perhaps for an article in Focus. Report on the International Conference on the Teaching of Mathematics. This conference, held in Greece at the beginning of July, demonstrated much convergence of philosophy at the international level: more focus on concepts, less symbolic manipulation, similar weaknesses in preparation of students for university mathematics, a growth of non-traditional students, issues with technology. The trends seem to be similar worldwide (78 nations represented). How much influence have reform efforts in the U.S. had internationally? The answer was unclear. (2) TULANE II The remainder of the CRAFTY meeting was spent discussing plans for the Tulane II conference. The revised Tulane II document to emerge from these discussions will be circulated separately.
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