MATHEMATICAL YEARS Positions to Mathematical

Education of Engineers

- Dieter Schott, Thomas Schramm
- Raimond Strauß, Thomas Risse
- North Germany

....The nature of the world and the workforce

around us is changing at a dizzying pace.

Astounding scientific and technological advances

most of which rest on fundamental mathematical

principles and theories are creating new ways

of working, living and thinking. The challenge of

our educational system is to ensure that all of

our children achieve high levels of quantitative

literacy. As a international community, it is

imperative that we continue to work together to

improve mathematics teaching and learning a

fundamental core of general education world-wide.

We must not only develop the next generation of

mathematicians and scientists, but also ensure

that all of our citizens are equipped to deal

with the day-to-day decisions that are

increasingly quantitative in nature....

Bill Clinton, ICME, August 2000

Dieter Schott

Thomas Risse

Raimond Strauß

Thomas Schramm

The big challenge 1

- Unsatisfactory and strongly varying mathematical

knowledge of study beginners - Frustration of lecturers
- Bad image of Mathematics and missing motivation

of students in Mathematics - Increasing number of students per lecturer

The big challenge 2

- Reduction of hour numbers in Mathematics
- Increase of relevant teaching stuff in

Mathematics - Introduction of modern means and new teaching

methods - New demands for graduates in practise
- New courses and grades

Lasting educational problems

- Unsatisfactory knowledge of study beginners in

Mathematics - Bad motivation of students to close the gaps
- Forced adaptation of mathematical lectures to a

low level - Reduction of time budget for mathematical subjects

Incredible examples

Countersteps

- Mathematical pre- and complementary courses for

weak students - New teaching methods, means and media
- Cooperation of lecturers and school teachers in

the domain of Mathematics - Didactic workshops and conferences of lecturers

in Mathematics

Key position of Mathematics

- Mathematics is a thinking technology in the heart

of science. - Mathematics is a global science language

independent of ideology. - Mathematics plays a key role in technology and

international competition.

Statements

- The digital revolution brings mathematical models

and methods in all areas of technology and

business. - Mathematics is part of any new technological

invention. - The thinking-technology of Mathematics is the

core of technological development. - Mathematics is a common language for all

well-educated people.

Young Generation Problem

- The number of engineering experts is too low

although a competitive region needs well-educated

and motivated engineers. - There are not enough study beginners and too many

study abandoners in engineering disciplines. - Often Mathematics is the executioner.

MCNE professionals (Mathematicians, Computer

Scientists, Natural Scientists Engineers)

Not Master Certified Novell Engineer

Statements

- MCNE professionals are the key-forces of modern

industry, service- and knowledge-society. - In this disciplines we find the potential for

innovation and (economical) growth. - BDA (Union of German Employers)

Increasing Demands

- Quantity and quality of important mathematical

subjects increase. - Modern means (as computers and internet) need

apart increasing and partly changing basic

knowledge in Mathematics also a solid software

competency.

Mathematical Education

- Solid basic knowledge is crucial.
- Modern means (computer, internet) have to be

used. They cause a change of teaching contents

and a shift of priorities. - Modern means increase the necessary level of

knowledge.

Mathematics as a Stepchild

- Bad reputation in the public
- Small lobby in politics
- Aversion of many pupils and students
- Neglected subject in education

Public Reactions to the Misery

- Cry of teachers for help was often ignored.
- PISA shock led to first central activities.
- Look for causes is often covered by ideological

biases. - Reactions are helpless and ineffective with

quickly changing proposals and activities.

Public Reactions

General Demands

- Mathematics must achieve its true position in

public and society. - A deep reform is necessary. Mathematics has to be

upgraded and updated in education. - Real minimum requirements at beginning and end of

study have to be fulfilled.

Mathematical Education of Engineers

- University level
- Redefine the mathematical curricula
- Computer labs as essential part of mathematical

education - Closed co-operation between mathematical and

basic computer science modules - MathComputer ScienceEngineering Projects
- Introduction of foundation courses, semesters or

years

Mathematical Education of Engineers

- School level in Mathematics
- Improve basic mathematical skills
- Develop available and transferable mathematical

knowledge - Define minimum requirements for entry into

university - Society
- Improve the image of Mathematics

How to Get the Kids 1

2D Homer in a 3D hyper-cube called Frinkahedron

How to get the kids 2

Mathematics campaign You know more about

mathematics than you think!

How to get the kids 3

Barbara Meier explains how Mathematics helps her

on the catwalk.

The winner 2007 is a mathematics student.

Mathematics and Engineering Education

- FREGE Centre at University Wismar
- co-ordination of basic science education at

university - co-operation on international level
- development of new modules (teaching units,

projects, adult education units and courses) and

degree courses - Organisation of North-German Colloquia for

Mathematics in Engineering - Formation of a contact-network (school,

university, industry)

Mathematics and Engineering Education

- Network

schools

industry

national and international

universities

WMY2000 UNESCO General Conference

- Considering the central importance of mathematics

and its applications in today's world with regard

to science, technology, communications, economics

and numerous other fields. - Aware that the language and the values of

mathematics are universal, thus encouraging and

making it ideally suited for international

co-operation. - Stressing the key role of mathematical education,

in particular at primary and secondary school

level, both for the understanding of basic

mathematical concepts and for the development of

rational thinking

Thank You for Your Attention !

- One cannot understand... the universality of

laws of nature, the relationship of things,

without an understanding of mathematics. There is

no other way to do it. - Richard P. Feynman.

Thank you for attention !

- How can it be that mathematics, being after all

a product of human thought independent of

experience, is so admirably adapted to the

objects of reality? - Albert Einstein.