A study of the Australian tertiary sector's portrayed view of the relevance of quantitative skills in science

Belward, Shaun, Matthews, Kelly, Rylands, Leanne, Coady, Carmel, Adams, Peter and Simbag, Vilma (2011). A study of the Australian tertiary sector's portrayed view of the relevance of quantitative skills in science. In: Julie Clark, Barry Kissane, Judith Mousley, Toby Spencer and Steve Thornton, Mathematics: Traditions and [New] Practices: Proceedings of the AAMT–MERGA. Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT) and the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2011, Alice Springs, NT, Australia, (107-114). 3-7 July 2011.

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Author Belward, Shaun
Matthews, Kelly
Rylands, Leanne
Coady, Carmel
Adams, Peter
Simbag, Vilma
Title of paper A study of the Australian tertiary sector's portrayed view of the relevance of quantitative skills in science
Conference name Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT) and the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2011
Conference location Alice Springs, NT, Australia
Conference dates 3-7 July 2011
Proceedings title Mathematics: Traditions and [New] Practices: Proceedings of the AAMT–MERGA
Place of Publication Adelaide, SA, Australia
Publisher AAMT and MERGA
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9781875900695
9781875900701
9781875900718
Editor Julie Clark
Barry Kissane
Judith Mousley
Toby Spencer
Steve Thornton
Start page 107
End page 114
Total pages 8
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The ability to apply mathematical and statistical thinking within context is an essential skill for graduate competence in science. However, many students entering the tertiary sector demonstrate ambivalence toward mathematics. The challenge, then, is to determine how science curricula should evolve in order to illustrate the integrated nature of modern science and mathematics. This study uses a document analysis to examine degree structures within science programs at a selection of Australian tertiary institutions. Of particular interest are the signals these degree structures send in terms of the relevance of the study of mathematics prior to entry to university and the quantitative content within.
Subjects 130103 Higher Education
130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Combined conference: Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT) and the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA). Conference Theme: "Mathematics: Traditions and [New] Practices". The conference is also known as the "AAMT and MERGA Conference 2011".

 
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