A comparison of teacher and lecturer perspectives on the transition from secondary to tertiary mathematics education
Hong, Y; Kerr, S; Klymchuk, S; McHardy, J; Murphy, P; Spencer, S; Thomas, M; Watson, P
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The transition from school to tertiary study of mathematics comes under increasing scrutiny in research. This article reports on some findings from a project analysing the transition from secondary to tertiary education in mathematics. One key variable in this transition is the teacher or lecturer. This article deals with a small part of the data from the project – analysing secondary teachers’ and lecturers’ responses to questions on the differences they perceive between school and university and the importance of calculus, a bridging content. The results provide evidence of similarities and differences in the thinking of teachers and lecturers about the transition process. They also show that each group lacks a clear understanding of the issues involved in the transition from the other’s perspective, and there is a great need for improved communication between the two sectors.