Special Mathematics Seminar
(Thursday, April 4, 2002)
2:003:00 p.m.
Math Annex 1100
Dr. Eva Nosal
University of Calgary, Mount Royal College,
and Calgary Christian High School
Crossing into University Math
Students entering post secondary math courses for the first time
are often faced with unfamiliar settings, methodology, and
expectations. How do they adjust and cope? Are they sufficiently
prepared? Is there a gap between the philosophies of learning
at high school and at university? How does our secondary school
system differ from European and Asian systems? Who does well and
why? This talk will address such issues and give suggestions that
may help students successfully transfer from high school to
university mathematics.
Biographical Note: Eva Nosal graduated from the Pedagogical
University of Prague in 1960 with a M.Sc. in education. After
one year of teaching high school, she joined the Technical
University of Prague as an Assistant Professor of mathematics
and descriptive geometry. In 1968, Eva moved to Canada where
she obtained her Canadian teaching certificate. She further
earned a M.Sc. and Ph.D., both in mathematics, from the
University of Calgary. She has been teaching mathematics and
physics in Calgary at high school, college, and university
levels for the past twenty years.
