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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

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

Ponce Campuzano, Juan Carlos; Matthews, Kelly E.; Adams, Peter – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2018

In this paper, we report on an experimental activity for discussing the concepts of speed, instantaneous speed and acceleration, generally introduced in first year university courses of calculus or physics. Rather than developing the ideas of calculus and using them to explain these basic concepts for the study of motion, we led 82 first year…

Descriptors: Mathematics, History, College Freshmen, College Science

Howard, Emma; Meehan, Maria; Parnell, Andrew – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2018

In "Maths for Business", a mathematics module for non-mathematics specialists, students are given the choice of completing the module content via short online videos, live lectures or a combination of both. In this study, we identify students' specific usage patterns with both of these resources and discuss their reasons for the…

Descriptors: Lecture Method, Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries, Mixed Methods Research

Engelke Infante, Nicole; Murphy, Kristen; Glenn, Celeste; Sealey, Vicki – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2018

Knowing when students have the prerequisite knowledge to be able to read and understand a mathematical text is a perennial concern for instructors. Using text describing Newton's method and Vinner's notion of concept image, we exemplify how prerequisite knowledge influences understanding. Through clinical interviews with first-semester calculus…

Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematical Concepts, Imagery, Schemata (Cognition)

Rylands, Leanne Jill; Shearman, Don – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2018

This paper considers the effects of both free optional mathematics learning support and engagement on the mathematics performance in a foundation mathematics subject of a cohort of engineering students entering university with poor mathematical skills. New engineering students were directed to either a foundation or standard mathematics subject…

Descriptors: Engineering Education, Technology Education, Mathematics Instruction, College Freshmen

Dunn, Michelle; Loch, Birgit; Scott, Wendy – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2018

First-year engineering students often struggle to see the relevance of theoretical mathematical concepts for their future studies and professional careers. This is an issue, as students who do not see relevance in fundamental parts of their studies may disengage from these parts and focus their efforts on other subjects they think will be more…

Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Mathematics, Engineering Education, Foreign Countries

Cançado, Luciana; Reisel, John R.; Walker, Cindy M. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2018

Many interventions have been proposed to improve the retention and graduation rates of engineering students. One such intervention is to use study groups for first-year college students; such groups provide a structured environment in which the students can learn course material from each other outside of class and can provide the students with a…

Descriptors: College Freshmen, College Mathematics, Communities of Practice, Group Instruction

Kuznetsova, Elena; Matytcina, Marina – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2018

The article deals with social, psychological and pedagogical aspects of teaching mathematics students at universities. The sociological portrait and the factors influencing a career choice of a mathematician have been investigated through the survey results of 198 first-year students of applied mathematics major at 27 state universities (Russia).…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, College Freshmen

Sevimli, Eyup – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2018

The purpose of this study was to determine how undergraduates comprehend the theoretical relations between differentiability and integrability concepts within the frame of proof schemes in analysis courses. The study participants were 172 freshmen from three different mathematics departments in Turkey. A questionnaire was used to evaluate the…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Logic, Knowledge Level

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

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

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

Bengmark, S.; Thunberg, H.; Winberg, T. M. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2017

This study examines different factors' relative importance for students' performance in the transition to university mathematics. Students' characteristics (motivation, actions and beliefs) were measured when entering the university and at the end of the first year. Principal component analysis revealed four important constructs:…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Study Habits, Factor Analysis

Everingham, Yvette L.; Gyuris, Emma; Connolly, Sean R. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2017

Contemporary science educators must equip their students with the knowledge and practical know-how to connect multiple disciplines like mathematics, computing and the natural sciences to gain a richer and deeper understanding of a scientific problem. However, many biology and earth science students are prejudiced against mathematics due to…

Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Mathematics Anxiety, Mathematics Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach