Perceived mathematical proficiencies required for first year study at The University of Southern Queensland

Taylor, Janet A. and Galligan, Linda and Van Vuuren, P. (1998) Perceived mathematical proficiencies required for first year study at The University of Southern Queensland. Project Report. University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia. (Unpublished)

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In 1997 a survey of all academic staff teaching first year units was conducted to review the mathematical skills and concepts needed by students enrolling in first year units; to assess academics’ perceptions of the skill level possessed by students and to ascertain whether concerns about numeracy at USQ were widespread or isolated. It was clear from the results of the survey that there are some mismatches between expectation of mathematical skills present in commencing students and stated prerequisites. Further, academics were concerned about the mathematical abilities of entering students generally in the areas of critical thinking and problem solving and specifically in areas particular to their units. The authors make 2 recommendations that would address these issues.

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Item Type: Report (Project Report)
Publisher: University of Southern Queensland
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information (displayed to public): Unpublished report.
Depositing User: Assoc Prof Janet Taylor
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2010 03:36
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: mathematics, first year university, entry requirements
Fields of Research (FoR): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy

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