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ERIC Number: EJ1119758
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1479-4802
Studying Advanced Mathematics in England: Findings from a Survey of Student Choices and Attitudes
Noyes, Andrew; Adkins, Michael
Research in Mathematics Education, v18 n3 p231-248 2016
The UK Government has set a goal that the "vast majority" of students in England will be studying mathematics to the age of 18 by the end of the decade. The policy levers for achieving this goal include new Core Maths qualifications, designed for over 200,000 students who have achieved good grades at the age of 16 but then opt out of advanced or A level mathematics. This article reports findings from a cluster-sampled survey of over 10,000 17-year-olds in England in 2015. Participants' views on post-16 mathematics are presented and discussed. The main finding is that they are strongly opposed to the idea of "compulsory" mathematical study, but are less antithetical to being "encouraged" to study mathematics beyond 16. We consider how attitudes vary by gender, prior attainment, study patterns and future aspirations. The article considers the implications of these findings in the current policy landscape.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study
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