Factors influencing students’ perceptions of their quantitative skills

Matthews, Kelly E., Hodgson, Yvonne and Varsavsky, Cristina (2013) Factors influencing students’ perceptions of their quantitative skills. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 44 6: 782-795. doi:10.1080/0020739X.2013.814814


Author Matthews, Kelly E.
Hodgson, Yvonne
Varsavsky, Cristina
Title Factors influencing students’ perceptions of their quantitative skills
Journal name International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0020-739X
1464-5211
Publication date 2013-07-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/0020739X.2013.814814
Volume 44
Issue 6
Start page 782
End page 795
Total pages 14
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract There is international agreement that quantitative skills (QS) are an essential graduate competence in science. QS refer to the application of mathematical and statistical thinking and reasoning in science. This study reports on the use of the Science Students Skills Inventory to capture final year science students' perceptions of their QS across multiple indicators, at two Australian research-intensive universities. Statistical analysis reveals several variables predicting higher levels of self-rated competence in QS: students' grade point average, students' perceptions of inclusion of QS in the science degree programme, their confidence in QS, and their belief that QS will be useful in the future. The findings are discussed in terms of implications for designing science curricula more effectively to build students' QS throughout science degree programmes. Suggestions for further research are offered.
Keyword Curriculum
Higher education
Mathematics
Quantitative skills
Science
Student perspective
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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