Students' mathematical preparation Part B: students' perceptions

Dalby, Tim and Robinson, Clare and Abdulla, Shahab and Galligan, Linda and Frederiks, Anita and Pigozzo, Robyn and Wandel, Andrew (2013) Students' mathematical preparation Part B: students' perceptions. In: 9th Delta Conference of Teaching and Learning of Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics 2013: Shining Through the Fog, 24-29 Nov 2013, Kiama, Australia.

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Abstract

There is a growing concern worldwide over the decrease in the number of mathematics and science graduates. Associated with this are factors such as the mathematical underpreparedness of students entering the university system, and a lack of emphasis on the importance of mathematics for post-secondary studies.
This paper analyses students' perceived preparation in mathematics encountered in their first semester of undergraduate study at the University of Southern
Queensland. The excerpts are drawn from surveys and interviews of students enrolled in first year courses that have mathematical content. The survey showed that there was a broad response of being 'well prepared' for mathematics across first year courses. Interviews generally confirmed the responses to the survey in terms of students' confidence in their mathematical preparation. However a
significant number of students in the science based degrees acknowledged that they were inadequately prepared.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Lighthouse Delta Series
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Open Access College
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2013 04:54
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2015 05:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: tertiary mathematics education; mathematical under-preparedness; diversity of student population; higher education research
Fields of Research : 01 Mathematical Sciences > 0199 Other Mathematical Sciences > 019999 Mathematical Sciences not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24377

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