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TitleEngineering students and the application of mathematical knowledge : how to explain the difficulties experienced?
Author(s)Alves, M.
Rodrigues, Cristina S.
Rocha, Ana Maria A. C.
Coutinho, Clara Pereira
KeywordsLearning factors
Mathematical concepts
Engineering students
University of Minho
Issue date2013
PublisherWorld Institute for Advanced Research and Science (WIARS)
CitationManuela Alves, Cristina S. Rodrigues, Ana Maria A.C. Rocha, Clara Coutinho, Engineering Students and the Application of Mathematical Knowledge: How to Explain the Difficulties Experienced?, Proceedings of the International Conference on Education and New Developments 2013 (END 2013), Mafalda Carmo (Ed.), pp. 22–26, World Institute for Advanced Research and Science (WIARS), Lisbon, 2013.
Abstract(s)The article presents the results of two focus groups and a questionnaire implemented with engineering students from the University of Minho, in order to assess opinions and perspectives concerning the main learning difficulties in mathematics-based disciplines. The results obtained show that students generally see the relevance of mathematics to engineering courses. Mathematics is considered as an essential discipline in course selection and a vital part of their career as engineers. The importance of the instructor is recognized when learning mathematical concepts. Students would like their courses to address mathematical concepts that are more in line with their future professions. The 73 undergraduate students who completed the questionnaire manifested a high self-efficacy and a high perception that the learning of mathematical concepts and the development of mathematical skills are essential for progression in their future career.
TypeConference paper
AccessOpen access
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CIEd - Textos em volumes de atas de encontros científicos nacionais e internacionais

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