Trends in the mathematical competency of university entrants in Ireland by leaving certificate mathematics grade

Faulkner, Fiona and Hannigan, Ailish and Gill, Olivia (2010) Trends in the mathematical competency of university entrants in Ireland by leaving certificate mathematics grade. Teaching Mathematics & its Applications, 29 (2). pp. 76-93. ISSN 02683679

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Abstract

This article reports on the mathematical competency of students entering third-level education in the University of Limerick (UL). Data from diagnostic testing, gathered on 5,949 students between the years 1998 and 2008, are used to demonstrate the changes in competency levels of students entering UL. There has been a significant decline in the performance of students in the diagnostic test over time. The performance, on average, of students with the same leaving certificate mathematics grade on entry into university has not changed significantly over time. However, the profile of the entrants has changed considerably and this is contributing to the overall decline in mathematical competency. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]; Copyright of Teaching Mathematics & its Applications is the property of Oxford University Press / USA and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

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Additional Information: FAULKNER, FIONA 1; Email Address: fiona.faulkner@ul.ie HANNIGAN, AILISH 1 GILL, OLIVIA 2; Affiliation: 1: Mathematics and Statistics Department, University of Limerick, Ireland 2: National Centre for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and Learning (NCE-MSTL), and Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Limerick, Ireland; Source Info: Jun2010, Vol. 29 Issue 2, p76; Subject Term: MATHEMATICS -- Study & teaching; Subject Term: STUDENTS -- Rating of; Subject Term: EDUCATIONAL evaluation; Subject Term: EDUCATIONAL tests & measurements; Subject Term: UNIVERSITIES & colleges; Subject Term: LIMERICK (Limerick, Ireland); Subject Term: IRELAND; Number of Pages: 18p; Illustrations: 7 Charts, 3 Graphs; Document Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: MATHEMATICS -- Study & teaching; STUDENTS -- Rating of; EDUCATIONAL evaluation; EDUCATIONAL tests & measurements; UNIVERSITIES & colleges; LIMERICK (Limerick, Ireland); IRELAND
Depositing User: Colin Lowry
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2015 02:39
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/2227

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