Ms Jackie Nicholas

BSc MSc Hull DipLaw LPAB GradDipLegalPrac College of Law
Senior Lecturer

F07 - Carslaw Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 5798

Biographical details

I joined the staff of the Mathematics Learning Centre as a tutor in 1989. In 1991, I was appointed to head the Centre.

Research interests

My research investigated how mathematics and statistics is learned at university. Most recently I have been researching how a student’s HSC mathematics choices impact on their success at university and the reasons for those choices.

Teaching and supervision

I teach students enrolled in a wide range of units of study in mathematics and statistics but I specialise in teaching statistics to psychology students and postgraduate public health students.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Nicholas, J., Rylands, L. (2015). HSC Mathematics choices and consequences for students coming to University without adequate mathematics preparation. Reflections, 40(1), 2-7.
  • Nicholas, J., Poladian, L., Mack, J., Wilson, R. (2015). Mathematics preparation for university: entry, pathways and impact on performance in first year science and mathematics subjects. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 23(1), 37-51.
  • Gordon, S., Nicholas, J. (2015). What Do Bridging Students Understand by 'Assumed Knowledge' in Mathematics? International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 23(1), 10-20.
  • Gordon, S., Nicholas, J. (2013). Prior decisions and experiences about mathematics of students in bridging courses. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 44(7), 1081-1091. [More Information]
  • Gordon, S., Nicholas, J. (2013). Students' conceptions of mathematics bridging courses. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 37(1), 109-125. [More Information]
  • Gordon, S., Nicholas, J. (2010). Teaching with Examples and Statistical Literacy: Views from Teachers in Statistics Service Courses. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 18(1), 14-25.
  • Cooper, I., Frommer, M., Gordon, S., Nicholas, J. (2002). University Teachers' Conceptions of Memorising in Learning Science. Higher Education Research and Development, 21(3), 305-321.

Conferences

  • Ly, F., Nicholas, J., Phillips, C. (2017). Blended Learning in Mathematics Support. 13th Biennial conference of the Association for Academic Language and Learning, Not applicable: Not applicable.
  • Nicholas, J., Rylands, L. (2017). Mathematics Support: promoting student learning and some factors that may work against student learning. Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), TBA: Institute of Mathematics.
  • Nicholas, J., Rylands, L., Coady, C., Armstrong, L., Dhindsa, H., McGlynn, S., Nicholls, J., Pettigrew, J., Shearman, D. (2015). A tale of two very different mathematics support centres at two very different universities. IMA International Conference on Barriers and Enablers to Learning Maths: Enhancing Learning and Teaching for All Learners, UK: Institute of Mathematics.
  • Poladian, L., Nicholas, J. (2013). Mathematics Bridging Courses and Success in First Year Calculus. 9th DELTA conference on the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics and statistics, Melbourne, Australia: International Delta Steering Committee.
  • Gordon, S., Nicholas, J. (2012). Measuring the impact of early mathematics support for students enrolled in an introductory calculus unit of study. Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (18th Annual UniServe Science Conference - Teaching and Learning Standards: What does a standard mean to you), Sydney, Australia: UniServe Science, University of Sydney.
  • Gordon, S., Nicholas, J. (2011). Challenges and responses: lessons from students in mathematics bridging courses. Volcanic Delta 2011: 8th Southern Hemisphere Conference on Teaching and Learning Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics, Christchurch, New Zealand: University of Canterbury.
  • Gordon, S., Nicholas, J. (2010). Teachers' reflections on the challenges of teaching mathematics bridging courses. 16th UniServe Science Annual Conference 2010, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Gordon, S., Nicholas, J. (2009). Using examples to promote statistical literacy. UniServe Science, The University of Sydney Conference 2009, Australia: Uniserve Science.
  • Gordon, S., Nicholas, J. (2008). Why do statistics educators use examples to teach statistics? OZCOTS 2008 - 6th Australian Conference on Teaching Statistics, Melbourne: School of Mathematical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology.
  • Gordon, S., Nicholas, J. (2005). Three Case Studies on the Role of Memorising in Learning and Teaching Mathematics. The 29th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education on Learners and the Learning Environment, Melbourne: Department of Science and Mathematics Education, University of Melbourne.

2017

  • Ly, F., Nicholas, J., Phillips, C. (2017). Blended Learning in Mathematics Support. 13th Biennial conference of the Association for Academic Language and Learning, Not applicable: Not applicable.
  • Nicholas, J., Rylands, L. (2017). Mathematics Support: promoting student learning and some factors that may work against student learning. Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), TBA: Institute of Mathematics.

2015

  • Nicholas, J., Rylands, L., Coady, C., Armstrong, L., Dhindsa, H., McGlynn, S., Nicholls, J., Pettigrew, J., Shearman, D. (2015). A tale of two very different mathematics support centres at two very different universities. IMA International Conference on Barriers and Enablers to Learning Maths: Enhancing Learning and Teaching for All Learners, UK: Institute of Mathematics.
  • Nicholas, J., Rylands, L. (2015). HSC Mathematics choices and consequences for students coming to University without adequate mathematics preparation. Reflections, 40(1), 2-7.
  • Nicholas, J., Poladian, L., Mack, J., Wilson, R. (2015). Mathematics preparation for university: entry, pathways and impact on performance in first year science and mathematics subjects. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 23(1), 37-51.
  • Gordon, S., Nicholas, J. (2015). What Do Bridging Students Understand by 'Assumed Knowledge' in Mathematics? International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 23(1), 10-20.

2013

  • Poladian, L., Nicholas, J. (2013). Mathematics Bridging Courses and Success in First Year Calculus. 9th DELTA conference on the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics and statistics, Melbourne, Australia: International Delta Steering Committee.
  • Gordon, S., Nicholas, J. (2013). Prior decisions and experiences about mathematics of students in bridging courses. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 44(7), 1081-1091. [More Information]
  • Gordon, S., Nicholas, J. (2013). Students' conceptions of mathematics bridging courses. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 37(1), 109-125. [More Information]

2012

  • Gordon, S., Nicholas, J. (2012). Measuring the impact of early mathematics support for students enrolled in an introductory calculus unit of study. Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (18th Annual UniServe Science Conference - Teaching and Learning Standards: What does a standard mean to you), Sydney, Australia: UniServe Science, University of Sydney.

2011

  • Gordon, S., Nicholas, J. (2011). Challenges and responses: lessons from students in mathematics bridging courses. Volcanic Delta 2011: 8th Southern Hemisphere Conference on Teaching and Learning Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics, Christchurch, New Zealand: University of Canterbury.

2010

  • Gordon, S., Nicholas, J. (2010). Teachers' reflections on the challenges of teaching mathematics bridging courses. 16th UniServe Science Annual Conference 2010, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Gordon, S., Nicholas, J. (2010). Teaching with Examples and Statistical Literacy: Views from Teachers in Statistics Service Courses. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 18(1), 14-25.

2009

  • Gordon, S., Nicholas, J. (2009). Using examples to promote statistical literacy. UniServe Science, The University of Sydney Conference 2009, Australia: Uniserve Science.

2008

  • Gordon, S., Nicholas, J. (2008). Why do statistics educators use examples to teach statistics? OZCOTS 2008 - 6th Australian Conference on Teaching Statistics, Melbourne: School of Mathematical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology.

2005

  • Gordon, S., Nicholas, J. (2005). Three Case Studies on the Role of Memorising in Learning and Teaching Mathematics. The 29th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education on Learners and the Learning Environment, Melbourne: Department of Science and Mathematics Education, University of Melbourne.

2002

  • Cooper, I., Frommer, M., Gordon, S., Nicholas, J. (2002). University Teachers' Conceptions of Memorising in Learning Science. Higher Education Research and Development, 21(3), 305-321.

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