# Secondary-tertiary transition: what mathematics skills can and should we expect this decade?

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*30th Annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA30).*Hobart, Australia 02 - 06 Jul 2007 Adelaide, South Australia.

Paper/Presentation Title | Secondary-tertiary transition: what mathematics skills can and should we expect this decade? |
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Presentation Type | Paper |

Authors | Jourdan, Nic (Author), Cretchley, Patricia (Author) and Passmore, Tim (Author) |

Editors | Watson, Jane and Beswick, Kim |

Journal or Proceedings Title | Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA 30) |

Journal Citation | 2, pp. 463-472 |

Number of Pages | 10 |

Year | 2007 |

Place of Publication | Adelaide, South Australia |

ISBN | 9781920846138 |

Web Address (URL) of Paper | http://www.merga.net.au/documents/RP412007.pdf |

Conference/Event | 30th Annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA30) |

Event Details | 30th Annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA30) Parent Annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Delivery In person Event Date 02 to end of 06 Jul 2007Event Location Hobart, Australia |

Abstract | We report on the mathematics competencies of 206 Engineering and Science students commencing an algebra and calculus course at an Australian university in the first semester of 2006. To inform course design in the face of growing student diversity, skills were assessed via a pre-test covering six fundamental areas. These data were also compared with the 1997 to 2001 data. The findings revealed reasonable skills with arithmetic, fractions, |

Keywords | secondary-tertiary transition; mathematics competency; apptitude; mathematical knowledge; knowledge assessment; algebra; calculus |

ANZSRC Field of Research 2020 | 390109. Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy |

490401. Algebra and number theory | |

390113. Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy | |

Public Notes | File reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher/author. |

Byline Affiliations | Department of Mathematics and Computing |

https://research.usq.edu.au/item/9y8z7/secondary-tertiary-transition-what-mathematics-skills-can-and-should-we-expect-this-decade

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