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    Mentoring students can lead to increased engagement and success with mathematics


    Mac an Bhaird, Ciaran (2012) Mentoring students can lead to increased engagement and success with mathematics. In: CETL-MSOR Conference 2011. The Maths, Stats & OR Network, pp. 74-80. ISBN 978-0-9569171-2-6

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    Abstract

    In September 2009, the author commenced a research project with colleagues to investigate the reasons why students do or do not engage with mathematics. The initial stages of this project involved contacting and meeting students who were repeating at least one of their first year mathematics modules. The author decided to offer the students an opportunity to participate in a mentoring scheme. This paper will describe the scheme, the mathematical background of the students and focus on their engagement levels, their behaviour and feedback. We look at the students’ reactions when they were asked to bring in their attempted work. We also present evidence that suggests a positive impact on student progression, and we will briefly present the outcomes of the project in terms of how it impacted on further initiatives and interventions run by our department.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: Proceedings of the CETL-MSOR Conference 2011, Coventry University 5th – 6th September 2011
    Keywords: Mentoring; third level students; engagement; mathematics; Ireland;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Mathematics and Statistics
    Item ID: 5433
    Depositing User: Ciaran Mac an Bhaird
    Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2014 14:52
    Publisher: The Maths, Stats & OR Network
    Refereed: Yes
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