How are we progressing with academic numeracy at regional universities? Perspectives from first-year undergraduate studies

Woolcott, Geoff and Galligan, Linda ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8156-8690 and Whannell, Robert and Marshman, Margaret and Axelsen, Taryn and Schmalz, Jelena and Sultanova, Nargiz (2020) How are we progressing with academic numeracy at regional universities? Perspectives from first-year undergraduate studies. Mathematics Education Research Journal. pp. 1-18. ISSN 1033-2170

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Abstract

This study provides an overview of the support provided for academic numeracy for first-year students across six Australian regional universities. Survey analysis of university academics provided an overview of the approaches used in academic numeracy in diverse cohorts. Further investigations via semi-structured interviews and secondary data were performed, providing details of the level of academic numeracy required in the subjects offered, identification of at-risk students and strategies for student support, and student responses to service provision. A case study at one university provided a more detailed view of the factors influencing attrition in first-year academic numeracy subjects. This case study highlighted issues related to a one-size-fits-all approach and findings argue for a more nuanced cohort-based approach that combines conventional statistical analysis with analysis that provides a more detailed view of complex scenarios. The study suggests that while support services are not responding well to the issue of attrition, better targeting individual student support may lead to improvements.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Sciences (6 Sept 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Sciences (6 Sept 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2020 03:09
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2020 00:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: Academic numeracy; Attrition and retention; Regional universities; Student support services; Undergraduate mathematics
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930499 School/Institution not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/s13394-020-00312-3
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/38243

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