Better success at university after ASO study with maths
According to a study by researchers at UHasselt, first-year university students who had four or more hours a week of maths do significantly better than those with less of a maths background
One additional hour a week makes huge difference
Researchers examined the marks of about 3,000 first-year students between 2008 and 2011. One remarkable find was that only 29% of students from the study stream Economy-Modern Languages in general education passed, compared to 46% of the students who did Economy-Mathematics. The study stream that offered the best preparation was Latin-Mathematics, with a pass rate of 69%.
UHasselt is planning to provide extra lessons to first-year students who had three hours or less of maths per week in secondary education. The university also wants to spark public debate so that pupil support agencies and teachers who help students with their choices know the advantages of an extra hour of maths.
Johan David of the support agency VCLB disagreed with the findings, stating that you cannot improve intellect with extra courses in maths.
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