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ERIC Number: EJ720044
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0819-4564
Preparing International Students for University: Mathematics as Part of an Integrated Program
Galligan, Linda
Australian Senior Mathematics Journal, v18 n1 p28-41 2004
All students need some level of mathematics understanding for tertiary academic study (academic numeracy) and yet many preparatory and foundation programs for international students either include mathematics courses based on a school curriculum, or no mathematics at all. For the past fifteen years the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has provided a process-based preparatory program, including a course in academic numeracy, specifically developed for international students who have been accepted into a degree program conditional on successful completion of this program. The program has recently been evaluated and a more integrated approach has been taken adapting more recent theories of transfer and situated cognition (e.g. Evans, 1999; Kemp, 1995). The UNIPREP program that is the subject of this paper is designed to have four integrated courses: Studying at University, Communication Processes, English for Academic Purposes, and Mathematics Communication. This article outlines the Mathematics Communication course and show how it is integrated with the other courses in the program emphasising the importance of transfer of knowledge, rich language tasks and application of academic skills in the course. (Contains 11 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia