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The development of students’ mathematical competencies: The case of biology students

The findings suggest competency development for a subset of competencies. There is evidence that specific mathematical domains facilitate or hinder the development of specific mathematical competencies. Furthermore

Ioannis Liakos

Ph.d.-kandidat

Ioannis Liakos disputerte for ph.d.-graden med avhandlingen «IThe development of students’ mathematical  competencies: The case of biology students» torsdag 16. mars 2023.

Han har fulgt doktorgradsprogrammet ved Fakulet for Teknologi og realfag ved Universitetet i Agder.

Slik oppsummerer Ioannis Liakos selv avhandlingen

This research focuses on the development of mathematical competencies of first-year university students in a Biology department as they engage in non- routine open-ended mathematical tasks set in the context of biology. The research employs a scaling instrument on a modified extant competence framework to identify evidence of student competency development by exploring situations where students activate particular mathematical competencies. The scaling instrument is designed to evaluate the quality of competence activation. The research creates individual competency profiles for volunteer students who participated in a series of calculus classes addressing several mathematical areas over one semester. The research also explores whether the activation of the distinct mathematical competencies are inter- related exploring instances of concurrent activation.

The findings suggest competency development for a subset of competencies. There is evidence that specific mathematical domains facilitate or hinder the development of specific mathematical competencies. Furthermore, there are indications that the activation of specific competencies hinder or favor the concurrent activation of specific other competencies.

This research highlights techniques that may advance the study of students’ assessment and evaluation concerning the acquisition of mathematical knowledge. It provides evidence that the employment of a competency scaling scheme can provide information regarding the quality of students’ competence activation This study also comprises implications for new student assessment methods where the teacher can obtain a more detailed picture of each student’s performance by creating a competence profile where the weaknesses and strengths of the students are on full display.

 

Disputasfakta

Prøveforelesning og disputas fant sted i Auditorium B1 001, Campus Kristiansand og digitalt i konferanseprogrammet Zoom.

Instituttleder ved Institutt for matematiske fag Ingvald Erfjord ledet disputasen. 

Prøveforelesning over oppgitt emne "Transdisciplinary Research in Mathematics Education: Chances and Limitations" ble hold 16. mars kl. 10:30.

Disputas var samme dag kl 12:00

Tittel på avhandling: "The development of students’ mathematical competencies: The case of biology students"

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Veiledere for Ioannis Liakos har vært:

professor John David Monaghan, UiA 

professor Yuriy Rogovchenko, UiA 

førsteamanuensis Olov Viirman, Uppsala Universitet, Sverige 

Bedømmelseskomiteen har bestått av:

Førsteopponent: professor Dr. Hans-Stefan Siller, University of Wuerzburg, Tyskland

Andreopponent: førsteamanuensis Mette Susanne Andresen, UiB, Norge

Leder av komiteen: professor Said Hadjerrouit, UiA