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    How do students deal with difficulties in mathematics?


    Grehan, Martin and O'Shea, Ann and Mac an Bhaird, Ciaran (2011) How do students deal with difficulties in mathematics? In: CETL-MSOR Conference 2010. The Maths, Stats & OR Network, pp. 34-38. ISBN 978-0-9555914-9-5

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    Abstract

    We report on a study carried out by the Mathematics Department at the National University of Ireland Maynooth to determine why students do or do not engage with mathematics support. Initial interviews were conducted with students who had failed first year. This paper gives preliminary findings from interviews with a second group of students who had passed first year. Students were chosen who had similar mathematical backgrounds to the first group and who had all engaged with mathematics. The students’ mathematical backgrounds do not appear to be the only major factor in determining engagement. We found that both groups experienced similar difficulties and problems. However, the second group had several different strategies or coping mechanisms to enable them to get through. We compare the two groups and will discuss some of these coping mechanisms in detail.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: Proceedings of the CETL-MSOR Conference 2010. Edited by David Green
    Keywords: Student engagement; mathematics support; third level;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Mathematics and Statistics
    Item ID: 5452
    Depositing User: Ciaran Mac an Bhaird
    Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2014 14:10
    Publisher: The Maths, Stats & OR Network
    Refereed: Yes
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