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    Adult Learners and Mathematics Learning Support

    Mac an Bhaird, Ciaran and Ní Fhloinn, Eabhnat and O'Sullivan, Ciaran (2015) Adult Learners and Mathematics Learning Support. Adults Learning Mathematics: An International Journal, 10 (1). pp. 68-83.

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    The provision of some level of Mathematics Learning Support (MLS) is now standard in the majority of Higher Education Institutions in Ireland, the UK, and in many other countries. This provision is, in part, a response to the large numbers of students entering Higher Education who do not have the mathematical skills required and this cohort includes a significant number of adult learners. Research indicates that these students have different motivations and approaches to learning than traditional age learners. This paper considers the analysis of a large scale student evaluation of Mathematics Learning Support in Ireland. In particular, it presents the responses and engagement levels of adult learners and compares these to those of traditional students. The findings are key to ensuring best practice in the provision of MLS for the wide variety of students who engage with it.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Copyright © 2015 by the authors. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
    Keywords: adult learners; engagement; evaluation; mathematics learning support;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Mathematics and Statistics
    Item ID: 6629
    Depositing User: Ciaran Mac an Bhaird
    Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2015 15:15
    Journal or Publication Title: Adults Learning Mathematics: An International Journal
    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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