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LENT TERM 2001
CAMBRIDGE COLLOQUIA IN MATHEMATICS EDUCATION
Monday 5th February 2001 at 5.30 p.m., Room 218, Mary Allan Building, Homerton College
Dr Peter Huckstep, Homerton College, University of Cambridge
WHY LEARN MATHEMATICS?
The inclusion of a statement on the importance of mathematics distinguishes the current National Curriculum in England from its predecessors. It is an acknowledgement of the duty of the state to provide pupils, parents, teachers and policy makers with good reasons for learning mathematics. Everyone needs some mathematics, but whether or not mathematics is sufficiently important to warrant its being a compulsory subject for all pupils to study until the age of sixteen has recently been disputed by some of the contributors to a recent book Why Learn Maths, which has attracted considerable media attention. Peter Huckstep, author of one of the chapters, will outline some of the issues raised in the book to stimulate further discussion.
Monday 12TH March 2001, 5.30 p.m., Room 218, Mary Allan Building, Homerton College
[postponed from November 2000]
Dr Candia Morgan, Institute of Education, University of London
IS UNIVERSITY MATHEMATICS A GOOD PREPARATION FOR TEACHING MATHEMATICS?
The Mathematics Association working group Teaching and Learning Undergraduate Mathematics has carried out a survey among students on PGCE secondary mathematics courses asking them to write about their responses to their previous experiences of mathematics courses at university. Many of the students expressed strong feelings and opinions - both positive and negative. A preliminary analysis of the responses will be presented and possible relationships between undergraduate experiences of mathematics and preparation for teaching will be discussed.
Tea and coffee will available before each meeting. All are very welcome.
For directions to Homerton College and any other information, contact Tim Rowland at tr202@cam.ac.uk
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