Presentation by Robert Prince, UCT at the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics Communities of Practice meeting at UJ, 29 – 30 August 2018
The Diagnostic Mathematics Information for Student Retention and Success (DMISRS) Project
The problem: Only 27% of students entering full-time university in 2006 graduated in minimum time.
40% leave higher education.
41% of engineering and 48% of science 2006 entrants graduated in 5 years.
Educational diagnostic testing is assessment before instruction begins.
DMISRS – a collaboration by mathematicians to improve graduation rates.
- Make use of NBT data to inform students and lecturers about what areas of weakness and strength are.
- Share practices, leverage best practices.
- Extend the reach of academics beyond a physical classroom.
- Create supportive environments for maths learning [maybe using positive psychology]. What kinds of things will make our classrooms more welcoming to students.
- Get more institutions on board to collect diagnostic information in the same style/language.