A new study has revealed that many students find it hard to solve their own maths problems.
The research was conducted by a group of Queenslanders from the University of Queensland and the University at Wagga Wagga.
The results showed that a student who had taken an online maths class for the past 12 months had the lowest confidence in their ability to solve problems in their own language.
Professor Paul Gullick from the Department of Mathematics said students had difficulty expressing ideas using maths terms.
“This suggests that they are unable to use maths concepts, and this may contribute to a lack of motivation to learn,” he said.
“The ability to think in mathematical terms, to be able to understand a problem, is something that people need to be learning.”
They need to learn these things at a very early age.
“There is an increasing demand for math in the education system, but for many students it is a very difficult skill to master.”
“We’re all looking for the answer, but the students are also looking for more questions, and the answers are not always clear and straightforward,” Professor Gullack said.
The findings have implications for teachers and schools.
Professor Gullck said he was particularly concerned about the lack of clarity around maths concepts.
“It’s one thing to know what a square is, but it’s another thing to learn how to write it,” he explained.
“That’s something we need to look at in schools, and teachers need to have a more realistic understanding of the problems that students will face in the future.”
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