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Components of learning and assessment in linear algebra

MacGillivray, Helen & Turner, Ian (2005) Components of learning and assessment in linear algebra. In Bulmer, M., MacGillivray, H., & Varsavsky, C. (Eds.) Proceedings of Kingfisher Delta 2005, 22-26 November, 2005, Fraser Island, Qld.

Abstract

Linear algebra provides theory and technology that are the cornerstones of a range of cutting edge mathematical applications, from designing computer games to complex industrial problems, as well as more traditional applications in statistics and mathematical modelling. Once past introductions to matrices and vectors, the challenges of balancing theory, applications and computational work across mathematical and statistical topics and problems are considerable, particularly given the diversity of abilities and interests in typical cohorts. This paper considers two such cohorts in a second level linear algebra course in different years. The course objectives and materials were almost the same, but some changes were made in the assessment package. In addition to considering effects of these changes, the links with achievement in first year courses are analysed, together with achievement in a following computational mathematics course. Some results that may initially appear surprising provide insight into the components of student learning in linear algebra.

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ID Code: 24689
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Linear Algebra, Assessment, Student Learning, Predictors
ISBN: 1864998407
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 > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > STATISTICS (010400)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 18 Jun 2009 00:41
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 10:15

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