Stats Life

Research suggests science graduates are struggling with essential quantitative skills and science degree programs are to blame. Quantitative skills are the bread and butter of science. More than calculating right answers, quantitative skills are defined by applying mathematical and statistical reasoning to scientific and everyday problems.

They underpin Australian and international expectations for science graduates. But at two group of eight universities in Australia, 40% of final year science students reported low levels of confidence in quantitative skills. We know what students think, but what can they do?

Applying maths and stats reasoning

In the weeks before, 210 biosciences students were walking across the stage to receive their bachelor of science qualification and I asked them to answer 35 mathematical and statistical reasoning questions.