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Hillock, Poh Wah; Jennings, Michael; Roberts, Anthony; Scharaschkin, Victor – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2013
This article describes a mathematics support programme at the University of Queensland, targeted at first-year engineering students identified as having a high risk of failing a first-year mathematics course in calculus and linear algebra. It describes how students were identified for the programme and the main features of the programme. The…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, College Freshmen, Calculus, Algebra
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Seaton, Katherine A. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2013
This article presents an informed reflection on the evolution of teacher-to-learner feedback provided on written assignments in first-year university mathematics subjects. The feedback provided addresses not only mathematical accuracy and skills, but also the development of graduate attributes, such as discipline-appropriate written communication.…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Assignments, Formative Evaluation, Feedback (Response)
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Varsavsky, Cristina – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2012
Australian secondary school systems offer three levels of senior (year 12) mathematics studies, none of them compulsory: elementary, intermediate and advanced. The intermediate and advanced studies prepare students for further mathematics studies at university level. In the state of Victoria, there are two versions of intermediate mathematics: one…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Calculus, Algebra, Foreign Countries
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Wood, L. N. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2010
The transition from university to professional working life is important to individual students, employers, universities and more generally to national economies. A better understanding of the match between skills required by industry and skills learnt at university is therefore paramount. This study examines the transition from the perspectives…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Graduate Surveys, Education Work Relationship, Mathematics Achievement
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Thomas, Jan; Muchatuta, Michelle; Wood, Leigh – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2009
This article investigates enrolment trends in mathematical sciences in Australian universities. Data has been difficult to extract and the coding for mathematical disciplines has made investigation challenging. We show that the number of mathematics major undergraduates in Australia is steadily declining though the number studying…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Foreign Countries, College Science, Enrollment Trends
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Wood, Leigh N.; Harding, Ansie – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2007
Measurement of the quality of teaching activities is becoming increasingly important since universities are rewarding performance in terms of promotion, awards and bonuses and research is no longer the only key performance indicator. Good teaching is not easy to identify and measure. This paper specifically deals with the issue of good teaching in…
Descriptors: Teacher Competencies, Teacher Effectiveness, College Faculty, Teacher Evaluation
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Britton, Sandra; Daners, Daniel; Stewart, Michael – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2007
It is difficult to ensure that incoming students enrol in first year courses at a level that is commensurate with their ability. Not only do students come from a diverse range of backgrounds, but mathematics at university is, in general, more rigorous and conceptual than it is at high school, and success at high school does not always guarantee…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, College Mathematics, Foreign Countries, Mathematical Aptitude