On the nature of mathematical education of engineers: identifying hidden obstacles and potential for improvement

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Yevdokimov, Oleksiy. 2008. "On the nature of mathematical education of engineers: identifying hidden obstacles and potential for improvement." Alpers, Burkhard, Hibberd, Stephen, Lawson, Duncan, Mustoe, Leslie and Robinson, Carol (ed.) 2008 Mathematical Education of Engineers Conference . Loughborough, United Kingdom 06 - 09 Apr 2008 Loughborough, UK.
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On the nature of mathematical education of engineers: identifying hidden obstacles and potential for improvement

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AuthorYevdokimov, Oleksiy
EditorsAlpers, Burkhard, Hibberd, Stephen, Lawson, Duncan, Mustoe, Leslie and Robinson, Carol
Journal or Proceedings Title2008 Mathematical Education of Engineers Conference Proceedings
Number of Pages7
Year2008
Place of PublicationLoughborough, UK
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://mee2008.lboro.ac.uk/
Conference/Event2008 Mathematical Education of Engineers Conference
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2008 Mathematical Education of Engineers Conference
Event Date
06 to end of 09 Apr 2008
Event Location
Loughborough, United Kingdom
Abstract

[Abstract]: Mathematical literacy and competence in mathematics of engineering students are defined and
analysed through the structure of conceptual understanding on both levels. The paper provides a view on technology integration in the teaching process, in particular, the ways how technology can contribute to learning needs of engineering students and what difficulties we can expect on
that way. Examples that show relationships between different mathematical concepts and using technology are discussed. One of the most important concepts of calculus, limit is considered in detail with applications in MATLAB to identify possible obstacles in learning and students'
misconceptions. Potential of conceptual understanding in mathematics for development of students' abilities in engineering applications and computerised calculations is shown. The current situation of the mathematics education of engineers in Australia in the context of the
questions raised in the paper is briefly outlined.

Keywordsconceptual understanding, technology, engineering students
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390109. Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
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