People teaching developmental (remedial) mathematics courses at various institutions are often isolated and have little information on what's new in the field. To ameliorate this situation, the Subcommittee on Developmental Mathematics (jointly of the Committee on the Teaching of Undergraduate Mathematics and the Committee on Professional Development) has started a web page, a mailing list, and other activities.
The web page on developmental mathematics is now up and running. This page will include an annotated bibliography of articles on developmental mathematics and descriptions of developmental mathematics projects which are consistent with the NCTM and AMATYC standards.
At the joint January meetings, the committee is sponsoring a contributed paper session on Developmental Programs That Work, and after the January meeting, the better presentations will be asked to write descriptions of their projects for the web page.
As mathematics teaching changes across the world, faculty teaching developmental mathematics courses must rethink both what should be taught and how it should be taught. The purpose of this electronic discussion group is to encourage these faculty members to share their questions and attempts at solutions. This is the place to share your questions, problems, and successes in teaching developmental mathematics. For the purposes of this list, a developmental mathematics course is any mathematics course taught on the college level (2-year, 4-year, or university) below the level of "college algebra" or "precalculus": arithmetic, pre-algebra, beginning or intermediate algebra, and (high-school level) geometry.
Since the purpose is constructive, any questions about how to deal with a specific problem, mathematical, pedagogical, or social, in these courses are in order, as well as any suggestions for how to work on those problems. However, complaints about the quality of today's students or school teachers, and put-downs of other contributors to the list, as well as topics not related to developmental mathematics, are not in order.
The electronic discussion group is now up and running. Simply send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org that contains the following phrase:
subscribe developmental-math-list your e-mail address
Please be sure to insert your e-mail address in the message!
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