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Theme: Student Populations and Diversity

Managing diversity in first year service mathematics course:
integration of effective numeracy teaching principles and management theory.

Janet A Taylor and David Mander
Office of Preparatory and Academic Support and Department of Mathematics and Computing
The University Of Southern Queensland

First year service courses in mathematics are faced with numerous challenges as a result of the increasing diversity of the student populations and the hierarchical nature of knowledge within mathematics. These challenges are even more extreme when such courses are offered in multi-mode format (on campus and by distance education). This paper describes the evolution of a foundation mathematics course, which currently integrates self-paced skill based materials, authentic problem solving activities and generic study skills into a unified curriculum which is underpinned by a 12 step scale for effective numeracy teaching (Marr and Helme 1991) and traditional management theory. The course is characterized by its ability manage groups of students with uneven preparation.

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