ERIC Number: EJ785738
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 0
The Effectiveness of Support for Students with Non-Traditional Mathematics Backgrounds
Symonds, R. J.; Lawson, D. A.; Robinson, C. L.
Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications: An International Journal of the IMA, v26 n3 p134-144 2007
This article describes an initiative introduced at Loughborough University by SIGMA, a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), to support physics students who were mathematically less well-prepared than their counterparts. The article outlines how students were identified as being less well-prepared. These students were taught in a separate group, using different materials and a different teaching style, but the same assessment methods were used for both groups. An evaluation of the success of this initiative is made by comparing the results of the less well-prepared students receiving support in 2005-06 with those of the less well-prepared students (taught in the mainstream group) in 2004-05. A key outcome of this comparison is an increase in the pass rate from 48% to 67%.
Descriptors: Teaching Styles, Teacher Characteristics, Physics, Teaching Methods, Minority Groups, Mathematics Instruction, Comparative Analysis, Control Groups, College Mathematics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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