Since April 2013 the FYi Maths project team has conducted interviews with 39 academics in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and New Zealand who are involved in teaching and coordinating first-year mathematics and statistics programs and subjects. The institutions represent the diversity in universities and include:
- urban and regional areas
- traditional and technology-focused teaching
- student cohorts made up of mature age, overseas, domestic at all socio-economic levels.
The interviews have proved to be a rich source of data about the way first-year programs are organised and delivered. We have identified clear patterns and themes in the challenges facing academics in meeting the needs of a diverse student cohort. The interviews have also provided us with opportunities to encourage engagement with the project, such as meeting colleagues of interviewees, inviting them to participate in future workshops and, in one case, presenting an overview of the project to a group of staff.
The data will be analyzed by the project team and findings will be presented at conferences and articles in 2014 and 2015.