ERIC Number: EJ1071923
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Mathematics Diagnostic Testing in Engineering: An International Comparison between Ireland and Portugal
Carr, M.; Fidalgo, C.; Bigotte de Almeida, M. E.; Branco, J. R.; Santos, V.; Murphy, E.; Ní Fhloinn, E.
European Journal of Engineering Education, v40 n5 p546-556 2015
Concern has been expressed throughout Europe about the significant deficiencies in the basic mathematical skills of many engineering undergraduates. Mathematics diagnostic tests in the UK, Ireland and Portugal have shown these shortcomings, which provide a challenge to those striving to introduce more innovative educational practices into engineering education, such as projects or real-world problems. Every year, in the Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland) and the Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Coimbra (Portugal), a diagnostic test is given to incoming first-year students. A comparison showed some potentially interesting differences between these students. In September 2013, a project was undertaken to compare mathematical competencies of incoming engineering students in both countries. A modified diagnostic test was devised and the results were then compared to ascertain if there are common areas of difficulty between students in Ireland and Portugal, or evidence of one group significantly outperforming the other in a particular area.
Descriptors: Diagnostic Tests, Cross Cultural Studies, Engineering Education, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Tests, Undergraduate Students, Educational Practices, College Freshmen, Mathematics Achievement, Foreign Countries, Efficiency, Educational Research, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland; Portugal