**-- Bridge to Calculus**- is a two-year planning grant funded by the National Science
Foundation (NSF). It is a collaborative effort involving the
Maricopa Community colleges, Arizona State University, and local high
schools. The major purpose of the project is to examine the "before
calculus" mathematics curriculum and prepare and implement a plan for
reforming the curriculum and pedagogy. For information, contact
David Dudley (PC) or Betty Field (PVCC).
**-- Math for the 90's**- grant funded by the Internal Grants program of MCCCD. The Math
Instructional Council is soliciting the writing of fresh mathematics
content in order to develop a new curriculum which is more closely
tied to the mathematics that people apply or will use in the
varieties of professions. Faculty members from all disciplines and
staff are invited to submit content which uses honest data and
techniques from disciplines which apply mathematics in their work.
For information, contact Alan Jacobs (SCC).
**-- South Mountain Community College**- has been funded by the National Security Agency (NSA) to develop
an Associates Degree focused towards mathematics. The overall goal
of the project is to increase the numbers of minority students who
earn an associate degree equivalent to the first two years of
math/engineering degree at an Arizona state university. The first
year of this three-year grant allows the college time to review and
plan the needed curriculum to support math and engineering majors.
The pedagogy of existing math courses will be developed to meet
emerging standards from the American Mathematics Association for
Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) and new math courses as well as student
support programs will be developed. For information, contact John
Mildrew or Ken Roberts at SMCC.
**-- Harvard Calculus**- a new approach to teaching calculus is being implemented and
evaluated at PVCC and MCC. The Harvard project promotes the
teaching of each topic or concept from three perspectives:
graphical, numerical, and analytical; the incorporation of technology
into the curriculum; and covering less material in greater depth. For
information, contact Ed Chandler (PVCC).
**-- Interdisciplinary Teaching.**- Melinda Rudibaugh (math) and David Weaver (physics) at CGCC are
experimenting with a new approach to teaching calculus I and
university physics and calculus II and university physics II.
Traditionally calculus I has been taught as a pre-requisite for
university physics. At CGCC students are allowed to register for
both courses during the same term. The classes are scheduled back to
back and instructors attend both classes. The instructors act as
consultants for each other, providing a different perspective to the
concepts being discussed, especially when students inquire about why
things should be done in a specific way or about the importance or
relevance of certain information to other fields of knowledge. Both
instructors use Electronic Forum, TIÜ85 calculators, and computer
applications.
**-- Technology in Mathematics**- several colleges have incorporated into the curriculum technology
tools such as Maple and Derive, symbolic manipulators and graphing
packages.
**-- M2R: Maricopa Mathematics Resources** - a service of the Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction
(MCLI). The M2R has been established to enable mathematics faculty
from MCCCD and other educational institutions within Maricopa County
to explore resources specific to the mathematics discipline.
Resources include a library (books, periodicals, videotapes,
videodiscs, CD-ROMs, software), a computer station, support experts
and staff, and information on local and national workshops, seminars,
and events.
Explore What's Available from MCLI's Gopher server!
For information, contact the MCLI (731-8300)

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