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ERIC Number: EJ807115
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0268-3679
Promoting Student Engagement with Mathematics Support
Symonds, Ria; Lawson, Duncan; Robinson, Carol
Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications: An International Journal of the IMA, v27 n3 p140-149 Sep 2008
This article reports the findings of qualitative research undertaken to seek to identify the key reasons why some students are not engaging with mathematics support provided by Loughborough University. The research involved a number of focus groups and "on the spot" interviews with "non-users" from across the campus. Barriers identified include a lack of awareness of the location of support and a fear of embarrassment. Further interviews were conducted with regular users of the support in an attempt to understand how some of these barriers to usage might be overcome. The article will discuss actions that may be taken to improve student engagement with mathematics support and the issue of how student motivation may affect such action.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom