Numeracy of First Year Commerce Students: Preliminary Analysis of an Intervention

The International Journal of Learning, Vol 17, No 1, pp1 -13

1 Pages Posted: 13 May 2011

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Michael Kremmer

Griffith University

Mark Brimble

Griffith University - School of Accounting, Banking and Finance - Nathan and Logan Campuses; Centre for Financial Independence and Education

Brett Freudenberg

Griffith University - Griffith Business School; Griffith University - Griffith Law School

Craig Cameron

Griffith University

Date Written: May 10, 2010

Abstract

Literacy and numeracy have become important global educational issues. Numeracy has been shown to impact on the performance of first year tertiary students and evidence suggests that students without recent maths studies are underprepared for programs such as science, IT, economics and accounting (Belward et al., 2007; Alcock et al., 2008). This paper uses a maths aptitude test developed by Ballard and Johnson (2004) to measure commencing commerce student maths abilities. Participating students are then offered a place in a maths workshop to assist with their basic maths skills. We find that the maths skills test is predictive of students’ performance in the first year statistics course. Qualitative evidence suggests that students benefited from the workshop in terms of skills development and confidence. We therefore suggest that commencing student attributes will influence graduate attributes and hence demand further attention.

Keywords: maths aptitude, first year students, numeracy

JEL Classification: A20

Suggested Citation

Kremmer, Michael and Brimble, Mark and Freudenberg, Brett and Cameron, Craig, Numeracy of First Year Commerce Students: Preliminary Analysis of an Intervention (May 10, 2010). The International Journal of Learning, Vol 17, No 1, pp1 -13, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1522977

Michael Kremmer

Griffith University ( email )

Meadowbrook, Qld 4131, Queensland
Australia

Mark Brimble (Contact Author)

Griffith University - School of Accounting, Banking and Finance - Nathan and Logan Campuses ( email )

University Drive
Logan, Queensland 4131
Australia
(07) 373 55311 (Phone)

Centre for Financial Independence and Education ( email )

Brisbane, Queensland 4111
Australia

Brett Freudenberg

Griffith University - Griffith Business School ( email )

Brisbane, Queensland 4111
Australia

Griffith University - Griffith Law School ( email )

Nathan Campus, GU
Nathan 4111
Australia

Craig Cameron

Griffith University ( email )

Brisbane, Queensland 4111
Australia
55587623 (Phone)

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