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Counting on the basics : mathematical skills among tertiary entrants

Wilson, Therese M. & MacGillivray, Helen L. (2007) Counting on the basics : mathematical skills among tertiary entrants. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 38(1), pp. 19-41.

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Abstract

This study reports on basic, mostly pre-senior mathematical skills, as measured by a multiple choice questionnaire, of 566 students enrolled in a first year introductory data analysis subject within a science or broadly scientific degree programme. Most students had previously undertaken a senior high-school algebra and calculus based mathematics subject. Rasch analysis was used to validate the questionnaire and assist in the description of levels of skill. General linear models demonstrated that a student's skills score depended on the result obtained in senior mathematics, whether or not the student was a mathematics student, gender, whether or not higher level mathematics had been studied, self-efficacy and year. It is concluded that in order to have full and confident use of basic, pre-senior mathematical skills, algebra-based mathematics needs to be studied beyond this level.

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ID Code: 15049
Item Type: Journal Article
DOI: 10.1080/00207390600819029
ISSN: 1464-5211
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > PURE MATHEMATICS (010100) > Pure Mathematics not elsewhere classified (010199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > Mathematical Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in [International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology 38(1):19-41]. [International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology] is available online at informaworldTM with http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00207390600819029
Deposited On: 08 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:37

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