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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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Grehan, Martin; Mac an Bhaird, Ciarán; O'Shea, Ann – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2016
Universities invest significant resources in the provision of mathematics tuition to first year students, through both traditional and non-traditional means. Research has shown that a significant minority of students do not engage with these resources appropriately. This paper presents findings from a study of two groups of students at Maynooth…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Learner Engagement, College Students, Foreign Countries
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Hourigan, Mairéad; O'Donoghue, John – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2015
There is international dissatisfaction regarding the standard of mathematics subject matter knowledge (MSMK) evident among both qualified and prospective elementary teachers. Ireland is no exception. Following increasing anecdotal evidence of prospective elementary teachers in one Irish College of Education (provider of initial teacher education…
Descriptors: Action Research, Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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Liston, Miriam – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2015
This study investigates the potential of video analysis and a mathematical knowledge for teaching framework, the Knowledge Quartet (KQ), in mathematics teacher education programmes. It reports on the effectiveness of these tools in analysing and supporting secondary level pre-service mathematics teachers' subject matter knowledge and pedagogical…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Mathematics Education, Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Teachers
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Treacy, Páraic; Faulkner, Fiona – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2015
Deficiencies in beginning undergraduate students' basic mathematical skills has been an issue of concern in higher education, particularly in the past 15 years. This issue has been tracked and analysed in a number of universities in Ireland and internationally through student scores recorded in mathematics diagnostic tests. Students beginning…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Students, Mathematics Skills
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Ní Fhloinn, E.; Fitzmaurice, O.; Mac an Bhaird, C.; O'Sullivan, C. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014
Mathematics support in higher education has become increasingly widespread over the past two decades, particularly in the UK, Ireland and Australia. Despite this, reliable evaluation of mathematics support continues to present challenges for those working in this area. One reason is because ideally, properly structured support should function as…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Student Attitudes, Educational Methods
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Ní Fhloinn, Eabhnat; Bhaird, Ciarán Macan; Nolan, Brien – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014
Many universities issue mathematical diagnostic tests to incoming first-year students, covering a range of the basic concepts with which they should be comfortable from secondary school. As far as many lecturers are concerned, the purpose of this test is to determine the students' mathematical knowledge on entry. It should also provide an early…
Descriptors: Diagnostic Tests, Student Attitudes, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Education
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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
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Burke, Grainne; Mac an Bhaird, Ciaran; O'Shea, Ann – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2013
We report on the implementation of a monitoring scheme by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. The scheme was introduced in an attempt to increase the level and quality of students' engagement with certain aspects of their undergraduate course. It is well documented that students with higher…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Mathematics, College Freshmen, Learner Engagement
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Gill, Olivia; O'Donoghue, John; Faulkner, Fiona; Hannigan, Ailish – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2010
Hunt and Lawson 1 displayed the evidence of decline in the mathematical standards of first-year students in Coventry University between 1991 and 1995. Gill 2 sought to investigate if this was also the case in the University of Limerick (UL). The results of diagnostic tests administered to first-year undergraduates in the science and technology…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Diagnostic Tests, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction
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Breen, Sinead; Cleary, Joan; O'Shea, Ann – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2009
This article reports on a study carried out to measure the mathematical literacy of a selection of students entering third-level education in Ireland. The study investigates how such students performed when confronted with mathematical tasks, which, though commensurate with their level of education, may not have been familiar to them, and to…
Descriptors: Numeracy, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Achievement