10th International
Conference on
Teaching Statistics
8 – 13 July 2018
Kyoto, Japan
Contributed paper list

Contributed Paper C144


Student Performance in First Year Tertiary Study


Kenichi Furushima (New Zealand)
Rachel Passmore (New Zealand)
Mike Forster (New Zealand)


Kenichi Furushima (New Zealand)


Students often commence university study without adequate preparation for subjects like Mathematics and Statistics that are required for their chosen major. We began by investigating performance in the first year general mathematics course, using data on student’s performance in subjects and areas within subjects at secondary school. The modelling approach, logistic regression was then applied to first year statistics classes. Statistics was more challenging since students had more diverse backgrounds. We could assess both those who had and who had not been exposed to statistics. We are currently applying the model in a general introductory course in Physics. Our aim from here is to collect data on future student performance to determine if the provisional solutions that have been implemented are successful or not.