An investigation into specialist and engineering students’ preparedness for and approaches to learning mathematics

Hunter, Gordon, Davis, Mastaneh, Wooding-Olajorin, Alice and Thalaal, Lynn (2019) An investigation into specialist and engineering students’ preparedness for and approaches to learning mathematics. In: CETL-MSOR 2019 : Bringing Together Mathematics Communities; 5 - 6 September 2019, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

There has been much debate regarding the “best” approach for students to learn Mathematics, although it has been acknowledged that this may vary between students and between specialised subject areas. In this study, we investigate similarities and differences in students’ self-perceived preparedness for their degree studies and their preferred approaches to studying mathematics between three different groups – specialist students of Mathematics, Aeronautical Engineering students and Civil Engineering students – all of whom have to study Mathematics as part of their degrees. We interviewed a number of students from each group, asking them about their previous Mathematical background, how much of the first year (level 4) material was new to them, whether resources provided where sufficient, the extent to which they found "MathsAid" drop-in support sessions useful and their preferred type of resources (lecture notes, text books, on-line, etc) for revision.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Event Title: CETL-MSOR 2019 : Bringing Together Mathematics Communities
Organising Body: Sigma Network
Research Area: Applied mathematics
Civil engineering
Education
General engineering and mineral and mining engineering
Mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering
Statistics and operational research
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing
Depositing User: Gordon Hunter
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2020 15:24
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2020 15:24
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/43915

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