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'Not just a number:students experiences of maths'by Dr Etain Kiely and David Doyle

The recent media coverage of maths has focused heavily on student performance such as only 16 per cent of Leaving Certificate (2011) students completed maths at higher level, while the 2010 OECD Pisa Report, ranked Ireland 26th out of 34 OECD countries in terms of mathematical literacy. Less attention is focused on how the students’ experiences of maths inform their performance and attitude towards learning maths. This talk will present the perceptions and experiences of 143 students surveyed in the first week of a college science course. The survey incorporated selected items from attitude surveys used at The International Center for the Advancement of Scientific Literacy including past experiences both in and out of school, attitudes about mathematics and views about career opportunities in science disciplines. The maths team within the School of Science department will showcase how they engage students in the learning process and present students’ post learning experiences of this approach with suggested developments. Biographical Details Dr. Etain Kiely is a science lecturer and education developer in IT Sligo. She has taught and contributed to all levels of education in Ireland. Her PhD research used phenomenology to explore the mentoring phenomenon in science teacher education and she recently published a book entitled ‘Nanolab’: Virtual Nanotechnology Education. She is currently supervising research at PhD and Masters in Learning Technologies and Curriculum Development.
  • Audience: Third Level Teachers
  • Location: Connacht
When Oct 17, 2011
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Sligo IT Room A 0006
Contact Name
Contact Phone 07155258
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Students experiences of 1st year college maths