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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

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

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

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

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

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

Jackson, Deborah C.; Johnson, Elizabeth D. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2013

The problem of students entering university lacking basic mathematical skills is a critical issue in the Australian higher-education sector and relevant globally. The Maths Skills programme at La Trobe University has been developed to address under preparation in the first-year science cohort in the absence of an institutional mathematics support…

Descriptors: Mathematics Skills, College Freshmen, Achievement Gains, Educational Strategies

Dunn, Peter K.; Richardson, Alice; Oprescu, Florin; McDonald, Christine – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2013

Using a Classroom Response System (CRS) has been associated with positive educational outcomes, by fostering student engagement and by allowing immediate feedback to both students and instructors. This study examined a low-cost CRS (VotApedia) in a large first-year class, where students responded to questions using their mobile phones. This study…

Descriptors: Audience Response Systems, Handheld Devices, Educational Technology, Student Participation

Everingham, Yvette; Gyuris, Emma; Sexton, Justin – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2013

Today's scientist is faced with complex problems that require interdisciplinary solutions. Consequently, tertiary science educators have had to develop and deliver interdisciplinary science courses to equip students with the skills required to solve the evolving real-world challenges of today and tomorrow. There are few reported studies of the…

Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Feedback (Response), Mathematics Skills, Self Efficacy

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

Dunn, Peter K.; Richardson, Alice; McDonald, Christine; Oprescu, Florin – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2012

Student engagement at first-year level is critical for student achievement, retention and success. One way of increasing student engagement is to use a classroom response system (CRS), the use of which has been associated with positive educational outcomes by fostering student engagement and by allowing immediate feedback to both students and…

Descriptors: Audience Response Systems, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Statistics

Rylands, L. J.; Coady, C. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2009

In recent years, significant numbers of academics from the science and health disciplines at our institution have found that their students lack the appropriate "mathematical" background to cope with first-year science subjects. Consequently, failure rates are on the increase in these subjects. The mathematical background of students…

Descriptors: Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Skills, College Mathematics, College Science

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