Managing diversity in first year service mathematics course: integration of effective numeracy teaching principles and management theory

Taylor, Janet A. and Mander, David (2002) Managing diversity in first year service mathematics course: integration of effective numeracy teaching principles and management theory. In: The Sixth Pacific Rim - First Year in Higher Education Conference: Changing Agendas 'Te Ao Hurihuri', 8-10 July 2002, Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Abstract

First year service courses in mathematics are faced with numerous challenges as a result of the increasing diversity of student populations and the hierarchical nature of knowledge within mathematics. These challenges are even more extreme when such courses are offered in multi-mode format (on campus and by distance education). This paper describes the evolution of a foundation mathematics course, which currently integrates self-paced skill based materials, authentic problem solving activities and generic study skills into a unified curriculum which is underpinned by a 12 step scale for effective numeracy teaching (Marr and Helme 1991) and traditional management theory. The course is characterized by its ability to manage groups of students with uneven preparation.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Office of Preparatory and Academic Studies
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:33
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: first year students, university experience, foundation mathematics, mathematics problem solving
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/995

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