Anita Gudelj 1), Jeļena Liģere 2), Inga Zaitseva-Pärnaste 3),
Agata Załęska-Fornal 4)
1)University of Split (Croatia)
2)Latvian Maritime Academy (Latvia)
3)Estonian Maritime Academy, Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)
4)Polish Naval Academy (poland)
Abstract. This study presents the analyses of students’ preferences, satisfaction and perception of learning mathematical subjects at higher education maritime institutions in Croatia, Latvia, Estonia and Poland. All these institutions participate as project partners in the MareMathics project. In order to evaluate the effectiveness of teaching and learning mathematics, a preliminary student survey was conducted in all project partner institutions. Two indicators were analyzed: exam success rate and learning outcomes achieved. The developed online questionnaire contained a number of questions about the teaching methods and tools used by lecturers. Students assessed the impact of different teaching methods, expressed their satisfaction with learning materials, their impact on the results achieved by them, and the overall course.
The analysis of the obtained data revealed that students faced difficulties in completing their tasks within subjects on mathematics and statistics. These research results lead to the conclusion that the used methods and tools of teaching mathematics and statistics, which are the essential influential factors on the overall satisfaction of students, are not effective and need to be modernized in the institutions under consideration. And this fact is crucial in the process of study and teaching of mathematical subjects as those subjects make up the base and necessary tools in learning other courses contained in the study program, especially in technical and engineering studies.
Keywords: higher maritime education institutions; STEM; learning difficulties; mathematics students learning habits