Analysis of student beliefs in a tertiary preparatory mathematics course

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Carmichael, Colin S. and Taylor, Janet A.. 2005. "Analysis of student beliefs in a tertiary preparatory mathematics course." Kingfisher Delta '05: 5th Southern Hemisphere Conference on Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics Teaching and Learning. Fraser Island, Australia 22 - 26 Nov 2005 London, United Kingdom. https://doi.org/10.1080/00207390500271065
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Analysis of student beliefs in a tertiary preparatory mathematics course

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsCarmichael, Colin S. (Author) and Taylor, Janet A. (Author)
Journal or Proceedings TitleInternational Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology
Journal Citation36 (7), pp. 713-719
Number of Pages7
Year2005
Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
ISSN0020-739X
1464-5211
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/00207390500271065
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/0020739X.asp
Conference/EventKingfisher Delta '05: 5th Southern Hemisphere Conference on Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics Teaching and Learning
Event Details
Kingfisher Delta '05: 5th Southern Hemisphere Conference on Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics Teaching and Learning
Event Date
22 to end of 26 Nov 2005
Event Location
Fraser Island, Australia
Abstract

Every year approximately 800 students enrol in the tertiary preparatory course TPP7181 at the University of Southern Queensland. Successful completion of this course will allow students to enrol in either further preparatory level mathematics courses or undergraduate study. For many of the students enrolled in this course, the study of mathematics was undertaken quite some time ago and usually in a school setting. Drop out rates for this course are quite high and it is hypothesized that motivation may be a key factor in determining student success or otherwise. In this study scales assessing self-efficacy were utilized in an attempt to gauge aspects of the motivation of students enrolled in the course. Initial results suggest that only specific measures of student confidence predict their performance and that both gender and age mediate the strength of this prediction.

Keywordstertiary preparatory mathematics; course; student; TPP7181
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520102. Educational psychology
390303. Higher education
390109. Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
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