Enhancing Mathematical Skills for Vocational School Students Pursuing Undergraduate Studies (73286)

Session Information: Adult, Lifelong & Distance Learning
Session Chair: May Olaug Horverak

Friday, 22 September 2023 14:05
Session: Session 3
Room: Sant Sebastia
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 2 (Europe/Madrid)

Over two decades competence-based education has become a dominant trend in vocational and undergraduate education. As Bruijn and Leeman (2011) state, the term competence-based education covers various conceptual ideas and practices arising from technical thinking in which education is seen as training competency, emphasizing the development of full vocational competence promoting autonomous identity and its continuous improvement. It should have reflections to the way mathematics is being taught in all levels of vocational education. As the PISA-research has revealed gaps in skills in STEM-subjects we are developing a powerful learning online model to promote access to undergraduate studies and employment for the disadvantaged in Finland. Their mathematical and scientific skills are analyzed and trained online according to their self-regulation. This facilitates graduating on time and/or applying for further studies. The original model of powerful learning environment by Bruijn et. al attention is now focused on online adaptive guidance and supporting self-regulating skills. The starting point for improving mathematical competence and self-regulating skills is the formation of vocational identity obtained in previous education. The model is delineated by the idea of cognitive apprenticeship acquiring knowledge and skills to pursue further studies. The online reflection, constructive learning from authentic situations towards more abstract construction of knowledge is viewed from sociocultural theory and its perspective to cognition. Understanding the mathematics self-concept of online learners can inform strategies for improving online mathematics education.

Jarkko Hurme, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Päivi Porras, LAB University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Henry Lähteenmäki, South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences, Finland

About the Presenter(s)
PhD Päivi Porras is a principal lecturer (professor) in mathematics at Lab University of Applied Sciences. She is very interested in learning psychology (motivation, self-directed learning) and online learning.

Jarkko Hurme is a principal lecturer (professor) in mathematics at Oulu University of Applied Sciences. He has over 20 years of teaching experience in higher education. Research interests: mathematics, learning, e-learning, pedagogical solutions.

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00