Mathematics support program for commencing engineering students between 1990 and 1996: an Australian case study

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Taylor, Janet A. and Morgan, Michael J.. 1999. "Mathematics support program for commencing engineering students between 1990 and 1996: an Australian case study." International Journal of Engineering Education. 15 (6), pp. 486-492.
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Mathematics support program for commencing engineering students between 1990 and 1996: an Australian case study

ERA Journal ID20618
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsTaylor, Janet A. (Author) and Morgan, Michael J. (Author)
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Engineering Education
Journal Citation15 (6), pp. 486-492
Number of Pages7
Year1999
Place of PublicationDublin, Ireland
ISSN0949-149X
Web Address (URL)http://www.ijee.dit.ie/articles/Vol15-6/ijee1108.pdf
Abstract

For the last twenty years or more higher education institutions have been concerned about the participation of students in engineering studies. Much of this concern centres around the ability of students to perform appropriate mathematics. This paper reports on the level of mathematical skills of engineering students entering a regional Australian university. In the seven years of the study, students have continued to have difficulties with estimation, fractions, indices, order of operations, graphs and basic algebra. The paper further reports on an intervention strategy which was designed to address these difficulties which has improved the success of participants repeatedly over the seven years of the program.

Keywordsfirst year students; pre-requisite skills
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390303. Higher education
390109. Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
390113. Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
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Faculty of Engineering and Surveying
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