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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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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
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Wiggins, Harry; Harding, Ansie; Engelbrecht, Johann – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2017
This paper presents an enrichment case study to showcase a possible avenue for attending to the needs of academically strong mathematics students. We report on a group of university students who were presented with the opportunity of exploring a specific first year mathematics topic deeper, using an inquiry-based learning approach as part of an…
Descriptors: Enrichment, Enrichment Activities, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction
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Kizito, Rita; Munyakazi, Justin; Basuayi, Clement – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2016
In spite of sustained efforts tertiary institutions implement to try and improve student academic performance, the number of students succeeding in first-year mathematics courses remains disturbingly low. For most students, the gap between their mathematical capability and the competencies they are expected and need to develop to function…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Student Surveys
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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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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
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Craig, Tracy S. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2013
Lecturers of first-year mathematics often have reason to believe that students enter university studies with naïve conceptions of mathematics and that more mature conceptions need to be developed in the classroom. Students' conceptions of the nature and role of mathematics in current and future studies as well as future career are pedagogically…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Engineering Education, Mathematics, Student Attitudes