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Angela Schwenk (Beuth Hochschule für Technik, Berlin): Change of mathematics education at secondary school – the influence on the university entrance level

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Thursday, 11. May 2017, 15:00 - 16:00
Abstract. Over 20 years a long term study at Beuth University documents decreasing mathematical abilities of university freshmen. The latest results in 2015 are dramatic. We are looking for some reasons. In Germany the PISA shock initiated a change of objectives of mathematics education at school. Hence the so-called competence orientated teaching has been implemented.
We can observe the consequences of the mathematics education at school in freshmen at university. As expected, we find a lack in basic skills and a lack in applying rules. In addition we realize that the students changed their approach of problem solving by avoiding formal mathematics, using instead intuitive and creative ad-hoc solutions. This may be sufficient with simple problems but is not transferable to more complex problems. We observe that there is a lack of a systematic approach. We confirm these statements by examples from written exams we got from engineering colleagues.
Location : Bolyai Intézet, I. emelet, Riesz terem, Aradi Vértanúk tere 1., Szeged


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