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ERIC Number: EJ936881
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0228-0671
Exit Interviews: Undergraduates Who Leave Mathematics behind
Ward-Penny, Robert; Johnston-Wilder, Sue; Lee, Clare
For the Learning of Mathematics, v31 n2 p21-26 2011
It is increasingly being recognised that a significant number of able students who embark on a mathematics degree become disenchanted and move away from mathematics after graduating. This paper reports on the experiences of four such learners, exploring their mathematical trajectories against ideas in current literature. Through a consideration of their evolving agentic identities, we argue that observed difficulties arise not only out of cognitive challenges, but also from a paucity of resilient learning strategies and behaviours specific to mathematics. In this way, we offer a perspective which has relevance in preparing future students more effectively.
FLM Publishing Association. 382 Education South, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2G5, Canada. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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