Tackling the difficulties of the transition from school to university mathematics

Eirini Kouvela, Irene Biza, Theodossios Zachariades

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This paper reports on a study that investigates the difficulties encountered by first year undergraduate mathematics students during their transition from school to university mathematics. The research is a case study of five students who were followed regularly from the beginning until the end of the semester through questionnaires and interviews while they were attending a Calculus course. The results of the research revealed difficulties faced by undergraduate students regarding the content of the module and the social and academic context. In addition, the research suggests a categorization according to the approaches that students adopted in order to tackle these problems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Ninth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education
Place of PublicationPrague, Czech Republic
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event9th Congress of European Research in Mathematics Education (CERME9) - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 4 Feb 20158 Feb 2015


Conference9th Congress of European Research in Mathematics Education (CERME9)
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic

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