Measuring academic numeracy: beyond competence testing

Galligan, Linda (2011) Measuring academic numeracy: beyond competence testing. In: 34th Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Conference (MERGA 2011): Mathematics: Traditions and [New] Practices, 3-7 Jul 2011, Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

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Academic numeracy consists of three critical elements: competence, confidence and critical awareness of students' own mathematical knowledge and the mathematics used in students' future professions. This definition is used to frame pre-test assessment in a first year nursing program. Competence and confidence were measured using a paper and pencil test. Critical awareness was measured via students' reflections on their own performance, their relationship to mathematics and their understanding of how mathematics relates to nursing. Results show issues related to professional numeracy practices including relatively low understanding of the connection between mathematics and nursing.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © AAMT & MERGA 2011. Blanket permission for all MERGA publications received 20/8/2006 from Dr J Mousley, President, Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Maths and Computing
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2012 05:45
Last Modified: 23 May 2016 05:12
Uncontrolled Keywords: numeracy; testing; nursing education; higher education research
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy

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