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    The provision of mathematics support and the role of the history of mathematics


    Mac an Bhaird, Ciaran (2011) The provision of mathematics support and the role of the history of mathematics. Hermathena, 191. pp. 53-67. ISSN 0018-0750

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    Abstract

    There is a well-documented crisis in mathematics education both nationally and internationally. Increasing numbers of students are struggling with many of the basics of mathematics when they enter third level. One response has been the widespread establishment of mathematics support services for students who are deemed at risk. These supports are constantly analysed and quantified to establish best practice and to measure the impact they have on students. In this paper we give an overview of these issues. We also discuss how introducing struggling students to topics in the historical development of mathematics can help them deal successfully with many of the issues that they have.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: mathematics support; history of mathematics; third level; students;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Mathematics and Statistics
    Item ID: 5454
    Depositing User: Ciaran Mac an Bhaird
    Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2015 16:48
    Journal or Publication Title: Hermathena
    Publisher: University of Dublin
    Refereed: Yes
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