Identifying at-risk students: is it possible in a tertiary preparation course for adults?

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Carmichael, Colin S., Dunn, Peter K. and Taylor, Janet A.. 2006. "Identifying at-risk students: is it possible in a tertiary preparation course for adults?" Grootenboer, Peter, Zevenbergen, Robyn and Chinnappan, Mohan (ed.) 29th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA29). Canberra, Australia 01 - 05 Jul 2006 Wahroonga, Sydney, Australia.
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Identifying at-risk students: is it possible in a tertiary preparation course for adults?

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsCarmichael, Colin S. (Author), Dunn, Peter K. (Author) and Taylor, Janet A. (Author)
EditorsGrootenboer, Peter, Zevenbergen, Robyn and Chinnappan, Mohan
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA29)
Journal Citation1, pp. 107-114
Number of Pages8
Year2006
Place of PublicationWahroonga, Sydney, Australia
ISBN1920846123
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.merga.net.au/publications/conf_display.php?year=2006
Conference/Event29th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA29)
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29th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA29)
Event Date
01 to end of 05 Jul 2006
Event Location
Canberra, Australia
Abstract

In the current educational climate in Australia, there is an imperative on university administrators to maintain student enrolments since funding is explicitly linked to student numbers. The most effective way of achieving this is to retain those students who have already enrolled. Consequently many universities currently seek to identify those students at risk of either failing a course or withdrawing from the university. In this paper we report on an initial study into the use of pre-entry measures to identify at-risk students in the context of a tertiary preparatory course offered entirely in the distance mode. We conclude that such measures are at best rough indicators of at-risk students and that results from such measures should be used in a non-directive manner only.

Keywordsmathematics education, pre-entry testing, university student retention, at-risk students
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390303. Higher education
390109. Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
390404. Educational counselling
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Book TitleProceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA): Identities, Cultures and Learning Spaces
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