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ERIC Number: EJ1068209
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: EISSN-1744-1803
Adult Students' Learning Behaviors in the College Mathematics Classroom
Tennant, Aimee
Adults Learning Mathematics, v7 n2 p23-38 Sep 2012
Adult students 25 and older are a growing population at U.S. colleges and universities. Mathematics courses present a particular challenge for these students who may have less academic preparation than younger students and have experienced a significant time-lapse since their last formal mathematics instruction. This exploratory, qualitative study focuses on the experiences of two adult students in a mixed-age college mathematics course with particular emphasis on participation in classroom discussion and activities. Adult student participation in classroom discussions was enhanced by a strong motivation to be successful in the course, wanting to help classmates, and a disregard for the perceptions of classmates. Participation was hindered by not being familiar with the material, fear of appearing ignorant, and discomfort in the classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas