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    Appropriate settings and supports for third-level diagnostic testing in mathematics


    Ní Fhloinn, Eabhnat and Mac an Bhaird, Ciaran and Nolan, Brien (2012) Appropriate settings and supports for third-level diagnostic testing in mathematics. Proceedings of the SMEC Conference 2012: Teaching at the heart of Learning.

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    Abstract

    Mathematical diagnostic tests are issued to first year students by many third level institutions, including Dublin City University and the National University of Ireland Maynooth. The aim of such tests is to provide staff and students with an immediate picture of which mathematical concepts are well-known to the student. The tests are also a mechanism through which students who are struggling are made immediately aware of a wide range of follow-up initiatives, which are provided by the respective Mathematics Learning Support Centres. A common questionnaire was issued to students in both institutions to ascertain their attitudes towards diagnostic testing. In this paper, we present an overview of the role of the diagnostic test in both institutions, look at the mathematical backgrounds of the students tested, and present their views on the purpose of the test and the environment in which they took it. We also investigate their views on the subsequent feedback they received and the supports available to them. Finally, we look at the changes that both institutions have made as a result of this questionnaire.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Appropriate settings and supports; third-level diagnostic testing; mathematics;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Mathematics and Statistics
    Item ID: 5413
    Depositing User: Ciaran Mac an Bhaird
    Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2014 10:57
    Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the SMEC Conference 2012: Teaching at the heart of Learning
    Publisher: Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Teaching and Learning
    Refereed: Yes
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