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ERIC Number: EJ1021770
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0020-739X
Prior Decisions and Experiences about Mathematics of Students in Bridging Courses
Gordon, Sue; Nicholas, Jackie
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, v44 n7 p1081-1091 2013
We report on the survey responses of 51 students attending mathematics bridging courses at a major Australian university, investigating what mathematics, if any, these students had studied in the senior years of schooling and what factors affected their decisions about the level of mathematics chosen. Quantitative findings are augmented by qualitative responses to open-ended questions in the survey as well as excerpts from follow-up emails. The findings show that the major reasons for students taking lower levels of mathematics in senior year(s), or dropping mathematics, include finding enough time for non-mathematics subjects, confidence in mathematical capability, advice and maximizing potential ranking for university admission.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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