Reviewing the mathematics curriculum in a changing HE environment

Barrie Cooper‘s article, Reviewing the mathematics curriculum in a changing HE environment? (Inspiring Academic Practice Vol 1, No 1 (2013)), reviews the scope and identity of the undergraduate mathematics curricula in the light of recent changes in UK higher education, revealing the challenges and opportunities involved.

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  1. It is very interesting that Barrie suggests that data showing few mathematics students have a very clear idea about their career paths imply that they are demanding more attention to ’employability’ skills. The more cynical overworked academic may say that if his or her students don’t know what they want to do when they graduate, why should they be responsible for devoting time to the ‘skills’ agenda? Nearly every academic is going to believe that applying knowledge to, say, addressing a real-life problem is an immensely important activity and reinforces learning. The problem is who is responsible for doing this? It is as much up to the student as the academic and, most importantly, it requires the necessary resource from the institution – we’re talking adding responsibilities rather than substituting or changing practice.

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