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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

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

Parker, K. Andrew – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2016

Basic arithmetic forms the foundation of the math courses that students will face in their undergraduate careers. It is therefore crucial that students have a solid understanding of these fundamental concepts. At an open-access university offering both two-year and four-year degrees, incoming freshmen who were identified as lacking in basic…

Descriptors: Remedial Mathematics, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education

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

Randahl, Mira – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2016

This paper reports on a study about how the mathematics textbook was perceived and used by the teacher in the context of a calculus part of a basic mathematics course for first-year engineering students. The focus was on the teacher's choices and the use of definitions, examples and exercises in a sequence of lectures introducing the derivative…

Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education

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

Reisel, John R.; Jablonski, Marissa; Hosseini, Hossein; Munson, Ethan – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2012

A summer bridge program for incoming engineering and computer science freshmen has been used at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 2007 to 2010. The primary purpose of this program has been to improve the mathematics course placement for incoming students who initially place into a course below Calculus I on the math placement examination.…

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Engineering, Computer Science, Calculus

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

Gonzalez-Martin, Alejandro S.; Camacho, Matias – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2004

This paper analyses the answers of a group of first-year university Mathematics students to a questionnaire, with the aim of determining the difficulties they have when carrying out non-routine tasks related to improper integrals. The questionnaire consisted of nine questions including not only calculus tasks and determining the convergence of…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Higher Education, Calculus, Mathematics Education

Gutierrez, Rosa Maria Afonso; Diaz, Jose Angel Dorta – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2002

The continuous technological progress of the past few decades affords a different orientation to the teaching-learning process, which is useful and advantageous when mathematical concepts are transmitted. This article pursues two different aims. The first one is to examine the present state of the traditional process in relation to the concepts of…

Descriptors: Computer Software, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Education, Higher Education