• Speaker: Sue Worsley
  • Title: Profiles of Mathematics Students
  • Location: Room V129, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
  • Time and Date: 1:00 pm, Tue, 12th Nov 2013
  • Abstract:

    How do a student’s attitude, learning behaviour and achievement in mathematics or statistics relate to each other and how do these change during the course of their undergraduate degree program? These are some of the questions I have been addressing in a longitudinal study that I have undertaken as part of my PhD research. The questions were addressed by soliciting comments from students several times during their undergraduate degree programs; through an initial attitude survey, course-specific surveys for up to two courses each semester and interviews with students near the end of their degrees. In this talk I will introduce you to the attitudes and learning behaviours of the mathematics students I followed through the three years of my research, and discuss their responses to the completed surveys (attitude and course-specific). To illuminate the general responses obtained from the surveys (1074 students completed the initial attitude survey and 645 course-specific surveys were completed), I will also introduce you to Tom, Paul, Kate and Ben, four students of varying degrees of achievement, who I interviewed near the end of their mathematics degrees.

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