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    Student non-engagement with mathematics learning supports

    Mac an Bhaird, Ciaran and Fitzmaurice, Olivia and Ni Fhlionn, Eabhnat and O'Sullivan, Ciaran (2013) Student non-engagement with mathematics learning supports. Teaching Mathematics and its Applications, 32 (4). pp. 191-205. ISSN 0268-3679

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    Large numbers of students entering higher education take some level of mathematics as part of their degrees, and it is widely reported that a considerable minority of these students demonstrate a lack of the basic mathematical skills that they require to succeed. A common response has been the establishment of mathematics learning supports to give students the opportunity to reach the levels required. Research has shown that in general, although the supports appear to impact positively on students who avail of them, a significant number of students do not engage appropriately. This article presents preliminary findings from a national survey carried out at nine Higher Education Institutions in Ireland, focusing on the reasons given by students for their lack of engagement with the extra supports. It looks at the students’ mathematical backgrounds; the type of institution they attend, and discusses what these students reported would encourage them to avail of the supports.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is a postprint version of an article accepted for publication in Teaching Mathematics and its Applications following peer review. The version of record: Ciarán Mac an Bhaird, Olivia Fitzmaurice, Eabhnat Ní Fhloinn and Ciarán O’Sullivan, Student non-engagement with mathematics learning supports in Teaching Mathematics Applications (2013) 32 (4): 191-205 is available online at doi: 10.1093/teamat/hrt018. © The Author 2013. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. All rights reserved. For permissions, please email:
    Keywords: Student; non-engagement; mathematics; learning supports; third level; Ireland;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Mathematics and Statistics
    Item ID: 5394
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    Depositing User: Ciaran Mac an Bhaird
    Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2014 15:55
    Journal or Publication Title: Teaching Mathematics and its Applications
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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