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An investigation of the mathematical literacy of first year Third level students in the Republic of Ireland

Breen, Sinéad, Cleary, Joan and O'Shea, Ann orcid logoORCID: 0000-0001-8504-2290 (2009) An investigation of the mathematical literacy of first year Third level students in the Republic of Ireland. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science & Technology, 40 (2). pp. 229-246. ISSN 0020-739X

This paper reports on a study carried out to measure the mathematical literacy of a selection of students entering third level education in Ireland. The study investigates how such students performed when confronted with mathematical tasks, which, though commensurate with their level of education, may not have been familiar to them, and to identify the factors influencing their performance. Moreover, the relationship between the skills measured by the test of mathematical literacy administered and those measured by state examinations was explored, as was the question of whether or not the concept of mathematical literacy is a useful one for third level educators.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mathematical literacy; confidence; gender; prior mathematical experience.
Subjects:Social Sciences > Education
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science and Health > School of Mathematical Sciences
Research Institutes and Centres > Center for the Advancement of Science Teaching and Learning (CASTeL)
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Official URL:https://doi.org/10.1080/00207390802566915
Copyright Information:© 2009 Taylor & Francis
ID Code:29034
Deposited On:15 Sep 2023 10:37 by Sinead Breen . Last Modified 19 Jan 2024 16:13

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