Novel threshold concepts in the mathematical sciences

David Easdown and Leigh Wood


The purpose of this research is to identify and examine some unusual, unexpected or novel threshold concepts in mathematics. This is ongoing work that contributes towards the development of a suite of resources and strategies for helping learners in the mathematical sciences work towards fulfilling their potential, by successfully negotiating and passing through liminal spaces. This project is an offshoot of an ongoing professional development program for training tertiary mathematics teachers, initiated by the second author, supported by the (former) Australian Learning and Teaching Council, and sponsored by the Australian Mathematical Society, with links to its website.

Keywords: Threshold concepts in mathematics.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012