Do Prior Knowledge of Advanced Mathematics Influence Academic Confidence of Students Taking Different Pre-university Chemistry Courses (74194)

Session Information: Learning Experiences, Student Learning & Learner Diversity
Session Chair: Keith Miller

Friday, 24 November 2023 11:20
Session: Session 2
Room: Room 607
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

The relationship between Chemistry and Mathematics are directly proportional in the perspective of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. This study investigates the relationship between prior advanced mathematical knowledge attained in high school could predict the outcome of student’s overall confidence in studying Pre-University Chemistry courses. Mathematics is often perceived as a subject that bridges and connects scientific concepts including Chemistry. Most students, however, struggle with the transition from mathematics to chemistry due to wide disparities between the two theoretically but a very slim margin in terms of using mathematical applications into learning STEM subjects, particularly chemistry. This paper uses a mixed-method approach that involved quantitative surveys using questionnaires and selected qualitative interviews using Pre-University students as research samplings. Preliminary findings found positive significant correlation between students’ mathematics background played indicative confidence levels in Pre-University Chemistry. Most participants agreed that good mathematical skills in high school play major role in shaping their confidence in Pre-University Chemistry including the integration of mathematical equations, algebra and certain calculus application would support their understanding within the chemical concepts and crucial for their overall understanding in the subject. My findings also suggest that there is a need of a more integrated approach by educators in teaching mathematics and chemistry at high school level with primary emphasizing the interconnections between the two disciplines by providing sufficient support in order to enhance greater confidence and competence level.

Kok Keong Raymond Hee, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

About the Presenter(s)
Mr Kok Keong Raymond Hee is a Independent Scholar at University of Nottingham in United Kingdom

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