Mathematical literacy in Plant Physiology undergraduates: results of interventions aimed at improving students' performance
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dc.contributor.author Vila, F.
dc.contributor.author Sanz Grau, Amparo
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-10T14:49:24Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-10T14:49:24Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10550/58475
dc.description.abstract The importance of mathematical literacy in any scientific career is widely recognized. However, various studies report lack of numeracy and mathematical literacy in students from various countries. In the present work we present a detailed study of the mathematical literacy of Spanish undergraduate students of Biology enrolled in a Plant Physiology course. We have performed individual analyses of results obtained during the period 2000-2011, for questions in the examinations requiring and not requiring mathematical skills. Additionally, we present the outcome of two interventions introduced with the aim of helping students improve their prospects for success in the course. Our results confirm previous research showing students' deficiencies in mathematical skills. However, the scores obtained for mathematical questions in the examinations are good predictors of the final grades attained in Plant Physiology, as there are strong correlations at the individual level between results for questions requiring and not requiring mathematical skills. The introduction of a laboratory session devoted to strengthening the application of students' previously acquired mathematical knowledge did not change significantly the results obtained for mathematical questions. Since mathematical abilities of students entering university have declined in recent years, this intervention may have helped to maintain students' performance to a level comparable to that of previous years. The outcome of self-assessment online tests indicates that though Mathematics anxiety is lower than during examinations, the poor results obtained for questions requiring mathematical skills are, at least in part, due to a lack of self-efficacy.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2013, vol. 44, num. 6, p. 893-904
dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.source Vila, F. Sanz Grau, Amparo 2013 Mathematical literacy in Plant Physiology undergraduates: results of interventions aimed at improving students' performance International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology 44 6 893 904
dc.subject Plantes
dc.subject Matemàtica Ensenyament
dc.subject Rendiment escolar
dc.title Mathematical literacy in Plant Physiology undergraduates: results of interventions aimed at improving students' performance
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.date.updated 2017-05-10T14:49:24Z
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1080/0020739X.2013.813979
dc.identifier.idgrec 093844

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