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Pages: 5408-5414
Publication year: 2018
ISBN: 978-84-697-9480-7
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2018.1278

Conference name: 12th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 5-7 March, 2018
Location: Valencia, Spain

MATHEMATICS SKILLS & DEFICIENCIES OF SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING STUDENTS AT THE BEGINNING OF THEIR DEGREES

M.J. Fernández Guitérrez1, M. Suárez Cuevas2, J. Cereijo Viña3, J.A. Trevejo Alonso4, C. Eloy Álvarez5, F. Sánchez Lasheras1

1University of Oviedo (SPAIN)
2Colegio Santa Teresa de Jesús (SPAIN)
3I.E.S. Corvera (SPAIN)
4I.E.S. Mata Jove (SPAIN)
5I.E.S nº5 (SPAIN)
According to the experience of the researchers and the literature, there is a high percentage of students that commit a similar set of conceptual mistakes in the exams of Calculus and Numerical Calculus at University. These subjects are present in the first year of most of the degrees in Sciences and Engineering.

The aim of the present research was to detect such errors in order to work with the students to avoid them. From the point of view of authors the best way of avoiding them would be if Mathematics secondary school teachers insisted on the clarification of such concepts.

With the aim of detecting the most common mistakes, all the students of the subject of Calculus and Numerical Calculus at the degree of Computer Science of Oviedo University had to take a level test at the beginning of their first semester at University. Such initial test allowed us to identify the most common mistakes. After the identification of the mistakes, they were analysed with the help of secondary school teachers for them to work with their students in their understanding.

Our intention is to repeat the level test at the end of the academic year with those students that finish the secondary school after teachers have worked those concepts with them and also repeating it next course with the new Computer Science students in order to know if the work performed at secondary school has been significant for the avoidance of the conceptual problems detected.

In this research we are presenting the main mistakes detected and the results of the level test performed at the beginning of the semester by the students of Computer Sciences and the results of a survey in which they are asked about their impressions of the difficulty of Calculus at the degree of Computer Sciences and also about their impressions of the subject of Mathematics during the last year of the secondary school.

The results obtained show how, from the point of view of students, there is a great change in the difficulty of Maths at University when compared with the same subject at secondary school. We hope that the present research can contribute to close this gap.
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title = {MATHEMATICS SKILLS & DEFICIENCIES OF SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING STUDENTS AT THE BEGINNING OF THEIR DEGREES},
series = {12th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
booktitle = {INTED2018 Proceedings},
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issn = {2340-1079},
doi = {10.21125/inted.2018.1278},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.21125/inted.2018.1278},
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location = {Valencia, Spain},
month = {5-7 March, 2018},
year = {2018},
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TI - MATHEMATICS SKILLS & DEFICIENCIES OF SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING STUDENTS AT THE BEGINNING OF THEIR DEGREES
SN - 978-84-697-9480-7/2340-1079
DO - 10.21125/inted.2018.1278
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M.J. Fernández Guitérrez, M. Suárez Cuevas, J. Cereijo Viña, J.A. Trevejo Alonso, C. Eloy Álvarez, F. Sánchez Lasheras (2018) MATHEMATICS SKILLS & DEFICIENCIES OF SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING STUDENTS AT THE BEGINNING OF THEIR DEGREES, INTED2018 Proceedings, pp. 5408-5414.
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