Calculus-based mathematics: An Australian endangered species

Publisher:
Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Australian Senior mathematics Journal, 2014, 28 (2), pp. 39 - 49 (11)
Issue Date:
2014
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Many people are discussing the issues surrounding mathematics at all levels of education. Politicians, parents, students, universities, education departments all have a view about what the problem is and all have ideas about what should happen. This paper represents a synthesis of the issues and implications of one of the problems evident in mathematics education in Australia: the reduction in students taking the higher mathematics subjects that involve calculus. It makes particular reference to NSW where it appears the problem has a critical edge as the number of students undertaking higher level mathematics subjects decreases and the number of students not taking mathematics increases.
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