Quantitative literacy of school leavers aspiring to higher education in South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Prince, Robert
dc.contributor.author Frith, Vera
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-11T07:23:32Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-11T07:23:32Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Frith, V. and Prince, R. (2016) Quantitative literacy of school leavers aspiring to higher education in South Africa: lessons from the South African National Benchmark quantitative literacy test. South African Journal of Higher Education . Vol 30(1) pp. 138-161. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/25139
dc.description.abstract It is important for higher education educators to understand the quantitative literacy (QL) competencies of incoming students, in order to make appropriate assumptions about prior knowledge and to design suitable curricula. In this article we analyse the results of a National Benchmark Tests project’s (NBTP) QL test written by a large cohort of prospective applicants to higher education, in order to contribute to this understanding. A large proportion of these candidates were unable to cope with quantitative literacy demands of the kinds commonly encountered in higher education. More than half of candidates need some kind of supplementary QL support and at least 30 per cent require extensive support. Candidates’ performance on subgroups of the QL test items and on individual items provides further insights into particular strengths and weaknesses. The results highlight that opportunities for the development of QL competencies should be found and these should be integrated into disciplinary teaching. en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.publisher South African Journal of Higher Education en_ZA
dc.source South African Journal of Higher Education en_ZA
dc.source.uri http://www.journals.ac.za/index.php/sajhe/index
dc.subject.other quantitative literacy
dc.subject.other National Benchmarks Tests
dc.subject.other university applicants
dc.subject.other diagnostic assessment
dc.subject.other curriculum
dc.subject.other quantitative literacy proficiency
dc.title Quantitative literacy of school leavers aspiring to higher education in South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Articles en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Article en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
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