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Faulkner, Fiona; Hannigan, Ailish; Fitzmaurice, Olivia – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014
Evidence of deficiencies in basic mathematical skills of beginning undergraduates has been documented worldwide. Many different theories have been set out as to why these declines in mathematical competency levels have occurred over time. One such theory is the widening access to higher education which has resulted in a less mathematically…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Mathematics Achievement, Prior Learning, Learning Experience
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Prendergast, Mark; Johnson, Patrick; Fitzmaurice, Olivia; Liston, Miriam; O'Keeffe, Lisa; O'Meara, Niamh – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014
This paper reports on a research project which aims to improve prospective mathematics teachers' relational understanding and pedagogical beliefs for teaching in second-level Irish classrooms. Prospective mathematics teachers complete their teacher education training with varying pedagogical beliefs, and often little relational understanding of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge