Participation & transfer of learning between tertiary mathematics, science, and engineering education


  • Yoshitaka Nakakoji University of Sydney
  • Rachel Wilson Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney
  • Leon Poladian University of Sydney


Transfer of mathematical learning is critically important in science education and learning as mathematical knowledge and skills are applied into diverse disciplines. However, little research on transfer of tertiary mathematical learning has been conducted despite its importance. This study conducts mixed methods naturalistic inquiry to investigate transferability of mathematics from various angles using a range of research methodologies (secondary data analysis, case studies and a Delphi study) and variables within natural settings and processes of university education. The study will further extensively examine the relationship between students’ educational, socio-economic, demographic and cultural backgrounds and the transferability of mathematics from first year service courses. Preliminary findings on background information of undergraduate students studying these courses are reported.