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Hannah, John; James, Alex; Williams, Phillipa – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014
Two first-year engineering mathematics courses used computer-aided assessment (CAA) to provide students with opportunities for formative assessment via a series of weekly quizzes. Most students used the assessment until they achieved very high (>90%) quiz scores. Although there is a positive correlation between these quiz marks and the final…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Engineering Education, Mathematics Education, Formative Evaluation
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Hannah, John; James, Alex; Montelle, Clemency; Nokes, Jacqui – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2011
For many years, it has been a common practice to recognize students with high potential by according them targeted privileges and opportunities. This includes the practice of allowing students to accelerate their high school programme and, in the case of New Zealand students, to take university courses during their final school years. This work…
Descriptors: High Schools, Foreign Countries, Acceleration (Education), Scholarships
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Plank, Michael; James, Alex; Hannah, John – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2011
The mathematics topics taught to engineering students at university are ostensibly no different to those taught to mathematics majors, so should these students be taught together or separately? Should engineering students be segregated by ability in their mathematics classes? This study analyses the grades of over 1000 engineering students, and…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Engineering Education, College Students, College Mathematics
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James, Alex; Montelle, Clemency; Williams, Phillipa – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2008
Given the recent radical overhaul of secondary school qualifications in New Zealand, similar in style to those in the UK, there has been a distinct change in the tertiary entrant profile. In order to gain insight into this new situation that university institutions are faced with, we investigate some of the ways in which these recent changes have…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics