Moving Beyond Myths: Revitalizing Undergraduate Mathematics

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Over the next decade, the mathematical community and the nation's colleges and unversities must restructure fundamentally the culture, content, and context of undergraduate mathematics. Acknowledging the weaknesses in the present college mathematics curriculum and the ways in which it is taught, this book cites exemplary programs that point the way toward achieving the same world-wide preeminence for mathematics education that the United States enjoys in mathematical research.
Moving Beyond Myths sets forth ambitious goals for collegiate mathematics by the year 2000 and provides a sweeping plan of action to accomplish them. It calls on mathematics faculty, their departments, their professional societies, colleges and universities, and government agencies to do their parts to implement the plan, help the public move beyond commonly held myths about mathematics, and bring about a revitalization of undergraduate mathematics.
 

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Contents

THE CHALLENGE
1
THE MYTHS
9
BEHIND THE MYTHS
13
FACING THE MYTHS
23
MOVING BEYOND MYTHS
31
MATHEMATICS BEYOND MYTHS
43
EVIDENCE AND DOCUMENTATION
47
REFERENCES
49
Sources
52
APPENDIX
55
COMMITTEE ON THE MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES IN THE YEAR 2000
59
BOARD ON MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES
61
MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES EDUCATION BOARD
62
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS FOR MOVING BEYOND MYTHS
65
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