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Mathematics in the disciplines at the transition to university

McAlinden, Mary; Noyes, Andrew

Authors

Mary McAlinden m.mcalinden@greenwich.ac.uk

Andrew Noyes andrew.noyes@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

Mathematics education is highly valued in advanced economies due to its role in developing skilled workforces, economic resilience and social wellbeing. However, university academics across disciplines regularly bemoan undergraduate students’ under-preparedness for the mathematical and quantitative demands of undergraduate degree programmes. In this paper we consider this issue. We begin with a research synthesis of relevant literatures on mathematics within university study in the natural sciences (physics, chemistry and biology) and social sciences (economics, geography, psychology) that highlights the international nature of this problem. We then develop an historical national case study of how mathematics for pre-university study in England has evolved, culminating in a recent policy move which mandates the assessment of mathematics within disciplines. Finally, by integrating these two distinct perspectives we discuss wider issues relating to mathematics for the transition to higher education.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Teaching Mathematics and its Applications
Print ISSN 0268-3679
Electronic ISSN 1471-6976
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation McAlinden, M., & Noyes, A. (in press). Mathematics in the disciplines at the transition to university. Teaching Mathematics and its Applications, https://doi.org/10.1093/teamat/hry004
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/teamat/hry004
Keywords mathematics; science; university; transition; qualifications
Publisher URL https://academic.oup.com/teamat/advance-article/doi/10.1093/teamat/hry004/4938539
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Teaching Mathematics and its Applications following peer review. The version of record Mary McAlinden, Andrew Noyes; Mathematics in the disciplines at the transition to university, Teaching Mathematics and its Applications: An International Journal of the IMA, , hry004, https://doi.org/10.1093/teamat/hry004 is available online at: https://academic.oup.co...3/teamat/hry004/4938539

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