engsc - DrSarahCarpenter AssistantDirector Overview

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Dr Sarah Carpenter Assistant Director
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Overview Background to why we need maths support Available resources
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Historical Background Since early 90s rapid decline in students’  ability in maths on entering HE Noted in all disciplines Noted across the entire university sector –  irrespective of entry qualifications
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The level of the problem An example from Coventry University: A 50 question multiple choice test  Taken during induction week, essentially without  warning curves, triangles, further algebra, trigonometry,  basic calculus All questions should be within ability of good A  level students Duncan Lawson
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A Quick Competition The next slide shows the results in the  diagnostic test of those students who  entered in 1991 with A level Maths grade N It also shows the results of a grade cohort  who entered in 1999.  Use your skill and  judgement to decide which grade.
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Some Results 0 20 40 60 80 100 Arith B.Alg Lines Tris F.Alg Trig Calc N91 ?99
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