A comparison of teacher and lecturer perspectives on the transition from secondary to tertiary mathematics education

Ye Yoon Hong, Suzanne Kerr, Sergiy Klymchuk, Johanna McHardy, Priscilla Murphy, Sue Spencer, Michael O J Thomas, Peter Watson

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Abstract

The transition from school to tertiary study of mathematics comes under increasing scrutiny in research. This article reports on some findings from a project analysing the transition from secondary to tertiary education in mathematics. One key variable in this transition is the teacher or lecturer. This article deals with a small part of the data from the project-analysing secondary teachers' and lecturers' responses to questions on the differences they perceive between school and university and the importance of calculus, a bridging content. The results provide evidence of similarities and differences in the thinking of teachers and lecturers about the transition process. They also show that each group lacks a clear understanding of the issues involved in the transition from the other's perspective, and there is a great need for improved communication between the two sectors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)877-889
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology
Volume40
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Lecturer
  • Mathematics education
  • Secondary
  • Teacher
  • Tertiary
  • Transition
  • University

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