
05562880
j
2009d.00263
Breen, Sinead
Cleary, Joan
O'Shea, Ann
An investigation of the mathematical literacy of first year thirdlevel students in the Republic of Ireland.
Int. J. Math. Educ. Sci. Technol. 40, No. 2, 229246 (2009).
2009
Taylor \& Francis, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
EN
D65
mathematical literacy
confidence
gender
prior mathematical experience
first year students
tertiary education
doi:10.1080/00207390802566915
Summary: This article reports on a study carried out to measure the mathematical literacy of a selection of students entering thirdlevel education in Ireland. The study investigates how such students performed when confronted with mathematical tasks, which, though commensurate with their level of education, may not have been familiar to them, and to identify the factors influencing their performance. Moreover, the relationship between the skills measured by the test of mathematical literacy administered and those measured by state examinations was explored, as was the question of whether or not the concept of mathematical literacy is a useful one for thirdlevel educators.