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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cetin, Nezahat – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2009

In this work, we investigated first-year university students' skills in using the limit concept. They were expected to understand the relationship between the limit-value of a function at a point and the values of the function at nearby points. To this end, first-year students of a Turkish university were given two tests. The results showed that…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Foreign Countries