The Open UniversitySkip to content

The mathematical misconceptions of adult distance-learning science students

Jordan, Sally (2006). The mathematical misconceptions of adult distance-learning science students. In: CETL-MSOR Conference, 2006, 11-12 Sep 2006, Loughborough University.

Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


An analysis of student answers to interactive online assessment questions for the Open University course ‘Maths for Science’ is providing insight into adult distance-learning science students’ mathematical misconceptions. Some of the findings have been unexpected and frequently errors are caused by more basic misunderstandings than lecturers might imagine. The analysis has revealed specific misconceptions relating to units, powers notation, arithmetic fractions and the rules of precedence.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2007 The Maths, Stats & OR Network
Extra Information: CETL-MSOR Conference 2006
Loughborough University 11th – 12th September
Conference Proceedings
Edited by David Green
ISBN 978-0-9555914-0-2
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Physical Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: eSTEeM
Item ID: 24624
Depositing User: Sally Jordan
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2011 08:07
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2016 15:17
Share this page:

▼ Automated document suggestions from open access sources

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   + 44 (0)870 333 4340