A Survey of Advanced Mathematics Topics: A New High School Mathematics Class
IJMEST Volume 39, Number 1, ISSN 0020-739X
The number of students pursuing undergraduate degrees in mathematics is decreasing. Research reveals students who pursue mathematics majors complained about inadequate high school preparation in terms of disciplinary content or depth, conceptual grasp, or study skills. Unfortunately, the decrease in the number of students studying advanced mathematics occurs at a time when the world's technological drive demands students have improved critical thinking and problem-solving skills. This paper suggests one solution for this alarming problem: a high school class offered to seniors as a means of preparing them for the rigors of college level mathematics while simultaneously increasing their motivation to pursue advanced mathematics. This paper provides the course scope, goals, structure, and analysis of how the curriculum aligns to professional standards. Although this program has not currently been field tested, the authors are convinced of its impact. Once implemented and properly taught, the proposed Survey of Advanced Mathematics Topics class could increase the quantity and quality of students pursuing studies in mathematics at the university level.
Bellomo, C. & Strapp, R. (2008). A Survey of Advanced Mathematics Topics: A New High School Mathematics Class. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 39(1), 13-22.