Investigating students' academic numeracy in 1st level university courses

Galligan, Linda and Hobohm, Carola (2015) Investigating students' academic numeracy in 1st level university courses. Mathematics Education Research Journal, 27 (2). pp. 129-145. ISSN 1033-2170


This paper investigates how an online test ('Self-Test' developed at the University of Southern Queensland) can enrich students' understanding of their academic numeracy, through a purpose-built, self-assessment tool aligned with online modules. Since its creation and evaluation, the tool has been developed and tailored to suit other first year courses based around an academic numeracy framework of competence, confidence and critical awareness (Galligan 2013a). This paper will highlight how the new Self-Test is underpinned by this framework and how students'levels of numeracy can be better understood by the lecturer through Self-Test in a first year nursing for numeracy course and a maths for teachers course. It particularly addresses over- and under-confidence, error analysis and students' reflective comments, and how this understanding can better inform course development and teaching.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Inc. 2014. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy. Part of this work was presented at the AAMT -MERGA Conference, Alice Springs, 3–7 July 2011.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2015 12:59
Last Modified: 22 May 2017 03:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: nursing; academic numeracy; pre-service teaching; diagnostic testing; higher education research
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/s13394-014-0132-9

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