Jourdan, Nic and Cretchley, Patricia and Passmore, Tim (2007) Secondary-tertiary transition: what mathematics skills can and should we expect this decade? In: MERGA 30: Mathematics: Essential Research, Essential Practice, 2-6 Jul 2007, Hobart, Australia.
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We report on the mathematics competencies of 206 Engineering and Science students commencing an algebra and calculus course at an Australian university in the first semester of 2006. To inform course design in the face of growing student diversity, skills were assessed via a pre-test covering six fundamental areas. These data were also compared with the 1997 to 2001 data. The findings revealed reasonable skills with arithmetic, fractions, and index laws but ongoing weaknesses in areas of algebra, functions, and trigonometry. These findings have important implications for planning in Australian universities. Implications for school curricula are also considered.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)|
|Additional Information:||Deposited with blanket permission of the publisher.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||secondary-tertiary transition; mathematics competency; apptitude; mathematical knowledge; knowledge assessment; algebra; calculus|
|Subjects:||230000 Mathematical Sciences
290000 Engineering and Technology
|Depositing User:||Mr Tim Passmore|
|Date Deposited:||22 Jan 2008 00:14|
|Last Modified:||02 Jul 2013 22:57|
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