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School mathematical achievement as a predictor of success in a first year university mathematics foundations unit

Peard, Robert F. (2004) School mathematical achievement as a predictor of success in a first year university mathematics foundations unit. In Putt, Ian, Faragher, Rhonda, & McLean, Mal (Eds.) MERGA 2004, 27-30 June 2004, Townsville, Qld, Australia.

Abstract

This research examines the relationship between the mathematical background of approximately 300 first year B. Ed (primary) students entering the education faculty and their achievement in the first year mathematics foundations unit at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Students' mathematical backgrounds were divided into five categories according to level of achievement at high school ranging from success at advanced level mathematics to having done no recent mathematics at all. The performance of each group was compared for overall achievement in the Mathematics Foundations unit. In addition the results in the Foundations Unit were correlated with the results in the Mathematics Curriculum unit and two other core units taken by all students. The paper draws some implications regarding the selection of students for the course and their mathematical needs.

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ID Code: 9555
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the publisher’s web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: mathematical achievement, success predictors
ISBN: 1920846042
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA)
Deposited On: 20 Sep 2007
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2011 15:42

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