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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
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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
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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
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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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Cook, Samuel A.; Fukawa-Connelly, Timothy – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2016
Studies have shown that at the end of an introductory statistics course, students struggle with building block concepts, such as mean and standard deviation, and rely on procedural understandings of the concepts. This study aims to investigate the understandings entering freshman of a department of mathematics and statistics (including mathematics…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Mathematics, Statistics, College Freshmen
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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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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
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Koban, Lori; Sisneros-Thiry, Simone – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2015
FOIL is a well-known mnemonic that is used to find the product of two binomials. We conduct a large sample (n = 252) observational study of first-year college students and show that while the FOIL procedure leads to the accurate expansion of the product of two binomials for most students who apply it, only half of these students exhibit conceptual…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, College Freshmen, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Heim, Bernhard; Rupp, Florian; Viet, Nils; Stockhausen, Paul v.; Gallenkämper, Jonas; Kreuzer, Judith – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2015
The art of teaching freshmen students is undergoing a rapid paradigm change. Classical forms of teaching are not applicable any more and an unmanageable offer of new multimedia tools and concepts is glutting the market. Moreover, compared to previous courses, the class size triples. In view of these challenges, we implemented a new teaching…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Calculus, College Freshmen, Mathematics Instruction
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Ní Fhloinn, E.; Fitzmaurice, O.; Mac an Bhaird, C.; O'Sullivan, C. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014
Mathematics support in higher education has become increasingly widespread over the past two decades, particularly in the UK, Ireland and Australia. Despite this, reliable evaluation of mathematics support continues to present challenges for those working in this area. One reason is because ideally, properly structured support should function as…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Student Attitudes, Educational Methods
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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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Konstantinou-Katzi, Panagiota; Tsolaki, Eleni; Meletiou-Mavrotheris, Maria; Koutselini, Mary – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2013
Diversity and differentiation within our classrooms, at all levels of education, is nowadays a fact. It has been one of the biggest challenges for educators to respond to the needs of all students in such a mixed-ability classroom. Teachers' inability to deal with students with different levels of readiness in a different way leads to school…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Individualized Instruction, Calculus
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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
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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
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