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.

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Abstract

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.

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