Mathematics support program for commencing engineering students between 1990 and 1996: an Australian case study

Taylor, Janet A. and Morgan, Michael J. (1999) Mathematics support program for commencing engineering students between 1990 and 1996: an Australian case study. International Journal of Engineering Education, 15 (6). pp. 486-492. ISSN 0949-149X

Abstract

For the last twenty years or more higher education institutions have been concerned about the participation of students in engineering studies. Much of this concern centres around the ability of students to perform appropriate mathematics. This paper reports on the level of mathematical skills of engineering students entering a regional Australian university. In the seven years of the study, students have continued to have difficulties with estimation, fractions, indices, order of operations, graphs and basic algebra. The paper further reports on an intervention strategy which was designed to address these difficulties which has improved the success of participants repeatedly over the seven years of the program.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited with permission of Editor.
Depositing User: Assoc Prof Janet Taylor
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2008 09:33
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: first year students; pre-requisite skills
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3009

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