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Nortvedt, Guri A.; Siqveland, Arvid – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2019
Are students transitioning from the secondary level to university studies in mathematics and engineering adequately prepared for education at the tertiary level? In this study, we discuss the prior mathematical knowledge and skills demonstrated by Norwegian engineering ("N" = 1537) and calculus ("N" = 626) university students…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, Engineering Education, Foreign Countries
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Woolcott, Geoff; Chamberlain, Dan; Whannell, Robert; Galligan, Linda – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2019
Higher education faces challenges in retaining students who require a command of numeracy in their chosen field of study. This study applies an innovative combination of relative risk and social network analysis to enrolment data of a single cohort of commencing students from an Australian regional university. Relative risk, often used in…
Descriptors: Network Analysis, Undergraduate Students, Academic Persistence, Mathematics Education
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Ní Shé, Caitríona; Mac an Bhaird, Ciarán; Ní Fhloinn, Eabhnat; O'Shea, Ann – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2017
In this paper we report on the outcomes of two surveys carried out in higher education institutions of Ireland; one of students attending first-year undergraduate non-specialist mathematics modules and another of their lecturers. The surveys aimed to identify the topics that these students found difficult, whether they had most difficulty with the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, Student Surveys, College Faculty
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van der Hoff, Quay; Harding, Ansie – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2017
This study focuses on the mathematics department at a South African university and in particular on teaching of calculus to first year engineering students. The paper reports on a cause-effect analysis, often used for business improvement. The cause-effect analysis indicates that there are many factors that impact on secondary school teaching of…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Calculus, Engineering Education, Teaching Models
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Cárcamo Bahamonde, Andrea Dorila; Fortuny Aymemí, Josep Maria; Gómez i Urgellés, Joan Vicenç – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2017
In this article we present a didactic proposal for teaching linear algebra based on two compatible theoretical models: emergent models and mathematical modelling. This proposal begins with a problematic situation related to the creation and use of secure passwords, which leads students toward the construction of the concepts of spanning set and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, Engineering Education, Mathematical Models
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Cook, Samuel A.; Fukawa-Connelly, Timothy – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2016
Studies have shown that at the end of an introductory statistics course, students struggle with building block concepts, such as mean and standard deviation, and rely on procedural understandings of the concepts. This study aims to investigate the understandings entering freshman of a department of mathematics and statistics (including mathematics…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Mathematics, Statistics, College Freshmen
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Parker, K. Andrew – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2016
Basic arithmetic forms the foundation of the math courses that students will face in their undergraduate careers. It is therefore crucial that students have a solid understanding of these fundamental concepts. At an open-access university offering both two-year and four-year degrees, incoming freshmen who were identified as lacking in basic…
Descriptors: Remedial Mathematics, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education
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Kizito, Rita; Munyakazi, Justin; Basuayi, Clement – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2016
In spite of sustained efforts tertiary institutions implement to try and improve student academic performance, the number of students succeeding in first-year mathematics courses remains disturbingly low. For most students, the gap between their mathematical capability and the competencies they are expected and need to develop to function…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Student Surveys
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Loch, Birgit; Lamborn, Julia – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2016
Many approaches to make mathematics relevant to first-year engineering students have been described. These include teaching practical engineering applications, or a close collaboration between engineering and mathematics teaching staff on unit design and teaching. In this paper, we report on a novel approach where we gave higher year engineering…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Engineering Education, Undergraduate Students, Mathematics Education
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Randahl, Mira – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2016
This paper reports on a study about how the mathematics textbook was perceived and used by the teacher in the context of a calculus part of a basic mathematics course for first-year engineering students. The focus was on the teacher's choices and the use of definitions, examples and exercises in a sequence of lectures introducing the derivative…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education
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Koban, Lori; Sisneros-Thiry, Simone – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2015
FOIL is a well-known mnemonic that is used to find the product of two binomials. We conduct a large sample (n = 252) observational study of first-year college students and show that while the FOIL procedure leads to the accurate expansion of the product of two binomials for most students who apply it, only half of these students exhibit conceptual…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, College Freshmen, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Hieb, Jeffrey L.; Lyle, Keith B.; Ralston, Patricia A. S.; Chariker, Julia – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2015
At the University of Louisville, a large, urban institution in the south-east United States, undergraduate engineering students take their mathematics courses from the school of engineering. In the fall of their freshman year, engineering students take "Engineering Analysis I," a calculus-based engineering analysis course. After the…
Descriptors: Calculus, College Mathematics, Engineering Education, Undergraduate Students
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Heim, Bernhard; Rupp, Florian; Viet, Nils; Stockhausen, Paul v.; Gallenkämper, Jonas; Kreuzer, Judith – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2015
The art of teaching freshmen students is undergoing a rapid paradigm change. Classical forms of teaching are not applicable any more and an unmanageable offer of new multimedia tools and concepts is glutting the market. Moreover, compared to previous courses, the class size triples. In view of these challenges, we implemented a new teaching…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Calculus, College Freshmen, Mathematics Instruction
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Engelbrecht, Johann; Harding, Ansie – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2015
In keeping with the national mandate of increasing graduates in the sciences in South Africa, a concerted effort in improving the first year experience becomes imperative. First year mathematics courses commonly provide the base knowledge necessary for progression in different degree programmes at university. Success in mathematics courses…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, College Freshmen
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Khan, R. Nazim – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2015
Open book assessment is not a new idea, but it does not seem to have gained ground in higher education. In particular, not much literature is available on open book examinations in mathematics and statistics in higher education. The objective of this paper is to investigate the appropriateness of open book assessments in a first-year business…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Mathematics Tests, Statistics
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