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ERIC Number: EJ950310
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0267-1522
Investigating Participation in Advanced Level Mathematics: A Study of Student Drop-Out
Noyes, Andrew; Sealey, Paula
Research Papers in Education, v27 n1 p123-138 2012
There has, for some years, been a growing concern about participation in university-entrance level mathematics in England and across the developed world. Extensive statistical analyses present the decline but offer little to help us understand the causes. In this paper we explore a concern which cannot be explored through national data-sets, namely the retention of mathematics students on Advanced level (A-level) mathematics courses. Drawing on survey data from 15 secondary schools in the Midlands of England, we examine subject differences in decisions to study, withdraw from, and continue in a range of A-level subjects. Not only is the rate of attrition from mathematics higher than most other subjects, but there are substantial differences between schools. In order to explore this high rate of attrition further we consider one school (Queensbury Park) in which a large proportion of students decided not to continue with their study of mathematics from Year 12 to Year 13. Drawing on performance data and focus group interviews we explore some of the reasons for the students' decisions. (Contains 2 notes, 5 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)