Chances of success in and engagement with mathematics for students who enter university with a weak mathematics background

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An increasing number of Australian students elect not to undertake studies in mathematical methods in the final years of their secondary schooling. Some higher education providers now offer pathways for these students to pursue mathematics studies up to a major specialization within the bachelor of science programme. This article analyses the performance in and engagement with mathematics of the students who elect to take up this option. Findings indicate that these are not very different when compared to students who enter university with an intermediate mathematics preparation. The biggest contrast in performance and engagement is with those students who have studied mathematics in senior secondary school to an advanced level.

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  • Bridging mathematics
  • Engagement with mathematics
  • First-year mathematics
  • Mathematics background
  • Performance in university mathematics

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  • Cristina Varsavsky

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