Confidence, mathematics and performance of engineering studies candidates at the New South Wales Higher School Certificate examination

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Barlow, John. (2013). Confidence, mathematics and performance of engineering studies candidates at the New South Wales Higher School Certificate examination. In P. J. Williams and D. Gedera (Ed.). PATT 27: Technology Education for the Future: A Play on Sustainability. Christchurch, New Zealand: University of Waikato. pp. 44 - 51
AuthorsBarlow, John
Abstract

Many New South Wales (NSW) technology teachers continue to express the concern that the performance of their students in the NSW Engineering Studies Higher School Certificate (HSC) examination is compromised by poor performance on engineering mechanics questions requiring mathematical calculations. While concern about the increasingly poor mathematics skills of school students in general has been noted in Australia and internationally, it would appear the issue is far more critical for subjects like Engineering Studies where the capacity to manipulate mathematical equations is fundamental to gaining an appreciation of many engineering concepts and their application. This issue is complex in that while these students do not necessarily require specific skill development in the application of advanced mathematical concepts such as calculus or differential equations they do benefit from the confidence to interpret and then solve engineering mechanics problems involving for example the analysis of graphs, the application of trigonometry and the manipulation of mathematical formulae.

Keywordsconfidence; engineering; mathematics
Year2013
PublisherUniversity of Waikato
Web address (URL)https://www.iteea.org/File.aspx?id=39517&v=7cec2187
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Book titlePATT27: Technology Education for the future: A play on sustainability
Page range44 - 51
ISBN9780992249724
Research GroupSchool of Arts
Place of publicationChristchurch, New Zealand
EditorsP. J. Williams and D. Gedera
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