Nuffield Advanced Mathematics
This Nuffield Foundation Project was a collaboration which drew on the expertise of the Supported Self Study Unit in Northumberland, the Mechanics in Action project in Manchester, teachers in several Local Authorities as well as the insights of team members at the King’s College London and the West Sussex Institute of Higher Education. The course focused on the differing needs of individuals by offering students the opportunity to follow their own interests, to apply mathematics in solving real problems and to study a range of options.
Nuffield Advanced Mathematics course had the following features built into it.
*Encouragement for students to co-operate, to take responsibility for their own learning, and to use resources in an independent way
*An emphasis on building good intuitive understanding, through experimenting with graphical and numerical approaches before or in parallel with more formal analytical approaches.
*The use of graphics calculators and spreadsheets
*Exploratory data analysis based on large datasets
*The use of algorithms to improve students' understanding of mathematics.
*Investigative and exploratory work with students being expected to write about mathematics, give presentations, and use technology appropriately.
*Wider reading about mathematics with the help of a Mathematics Reader
*Aspects of the history of the development of mathematical concepts to add extra insight and interest.
The AS and A-level courses were designed in units of learning which were planned to take about 10 to 20 hours each. This included time spent both in and out of the classroom.
The AS course assumed a total of 300 hours of student learning time, and was based on 15 units of work plus some work of the student's own choice.
The A-level course involved an additional nine units plus one option.
An option was intended to take about 75 hours of student learning time.
Books 1 – 5 covering the core course
Eight options books:
*Complex numbers and numerical methods
*The history of mathematics
*Mathematics, music and art