Does High School Mathematics Improve Student Learning in Economics in the University?

By Girijasankar Mallik and Parikshit K. Basu.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The primary objective of this paper is to identify the importance of prior skill and knowledge of mathematics in influencing performance of students in introductory first year level economics subjects using data from a regional university in Australia. The study results have identified positive and significant relationships between the two factors. Results of this study are similar to some others in the area. However, this study is based on a more appropriate and sophisticated analytical model (Ordered Probit Model) as compared to OLS model used in the other studies. Findings of this analysis also suggest that the level of mathematics taken prior to university have a strong predictive power on students’ performance. The findings have strong implications for learning and teaching practices in first year level subjects and on student retention rates for the Australian universities in general.

Keywords: Australia, Skill, Learning, Ordered Probit Model

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp.515-520. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.143MB).

Dr. Girijasankar Mallik

Senior Lecturer, Economics and Finance, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Dr. Girijasankar Mallik is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Economics and Finance in the University of Western Sydney, Locked Bag 1797, Penrith South DC, NSW 1797. He is currently engaged in doing research in the areas of i) causes of the failure and drop out rates in Australian Universities, ii) inflation uncertainty, economic growth and monetary policy.

Dr. Parikshit K. Basu

Charles Sturt University, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Dr. Parikshit K Basu is a senior lecturer and Associate Head of the School of Marketing and Management, Charles Sturt University, Panorama Avenue, Bathurst, NSW 2795, Australia. He is presently involved in research on teaching methods, China-Australia relationship and regional labour market areas. His previous work includes applied research in finance. In addition to published papers in national and international journals, he edited two books so far.

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