Math students’ math skills improve in science and engineering
The numbers keep getting bigger.
Math students in Canada are getting better at using algebra, the math that governs the relationships between numbers and numbers, according to a new survey.
Maths students are doing better than ever, but their skills are still not up to par with other students in their field, said Paul Fonseca, professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of Waterloo.
Fon seca is a member of the Mathematical Society of Canada, and his report, Math Skills and the Future, is part of a report by the Canadian Mathematical Association that was released on Monday.
Math skills are also not the only issue, said Fon Seca.
“The number of students who do not have the appropriate skills to be able to solve problems is also an issue,” he said.
“We need to get to the point where the numbers are as large as they need to be in order to have a society where all people are equally represented in society.”
The report said that while math is an important subject in Canada, it is not a universal skill.
“There are many areas where students in the field are not performing as well as students in other professions,” FonSeca said.
He also noted that there are more female and minority students in math and computer science.
“These are students that we need to have in the profession,” he added.
In a 2015 survey, about a third of students in Ontario, the province where Fonsecas research was conducted, said they had a difficult time learning to do calculus, which is a calculus problem that describes the relationship between two numbers.
Math is also known as geometry, and is used in physics, chemistry, biology, engineering and mathematics.
Fonsca said students should work on the same problems as the math teachers in their school.
He said math needs to be a diverse field, with students from diverse backgrounds.
“If you want to have all of the skills in math, then you have to have everybody working on the problem, and then you’ve got a lot of teachers that are struggling,” he explained.
FONSECA’S REPORT Fon seca said the problems students face are not unique to Canada.
“You’ve got students in North America that are learning math at the same rate as in the United States,” he stated.
“It’s not unusual for Canada to have this problem.”
The findings show that the gap in math skills between males and females in Canada is much smaller than the gap between boys and girls in the U.S. and Canada, Fonsem said.
Fonsecas report also found that the average student who graduates from a math-based school in Canada now has a bachelor’s degree in math at four years old.
The report found that Canadian math teachers have about the same number of male and female math teachers as teachers in other countries.
Fonomseca said there is a need for a national curriculum to promote math and science in Canada.
He is calling on the Canadian government to support the development of a national program.
Fonianc said the government has committed $5.6 billion to develop a curriculum that includes mathematics, computer science and computer engineering.
He urged parents to start paying attention to their children’s math and sciences lessons, and also to be aware of the challenges of math and coding.
“I know that there’s a lot more to learn in the world,” he emphasized.
Foniares report also showed that while the Canadian public is not getting any better at math, students in many other countries are getting smarter and are taking on more advanced courses.
“This report is really a wake up call to the Canadian society and the Canadian Government,” said Fonsecs report.
FonoSeca, who is also the president of the Mathematics Society of the Americas, said the number of female and other minority students enrolled in math programs is increasing, but they have yet to catch up with the math skills of their male counterparts.
“What is needed now is a national education policy that encourages and supports the advancement of women and minorities in mathematics,” he stressed.
FondoSeca also called on the government to develop more programs that teach math and computers science.
In 2016, Fonseca called on Canadian parents to pay attention to the challenges their children face, to make sure they have the skills and tools to succeed in their fields.
Fontecs report is available on the CMA website.