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ERIC Number: EJ904881
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-12
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1473-0111
Role of Mathematics Learning Development Centres in HEIs
Nzekwe-Excel, C.
International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, Oct 2010
Background and Rationale: Student withdrawal and non-completion in institutions have been an issue of considerable concern. The lack of mathematical ability has been identified as a factor resulting to non-completion in higher institutions. Several students in higher education approach mathematics with a lot of anxiety. This has created the need to identify why students struggle with mathematics; and subsequently provide strategies and practical approaches to improving students' perceptions of mathematics and their mathematical ability. Objective and Methodology: The provision of mathematics support through learning and development services is a practical approach that is aimed at communicating mathematics and improving students' mathematical thinking and ability. This study therefore investigates how students become involved in mathematics development services/centres and how such services impact on their learning experience. Subsequently, the study presents informative findings and results from a recently conducted survey of the perceptions of Aston University students on the mathematics learning development centre. Findings and Outcomes: Mathematics Learning Development Centres have shown to be of significant and positive impact on students' learning experience. The centre, through its services has enhanced the confidence levels of students as well as resulted in an improvement in the students' grades. Conclusion: It is essential for higher education institutions to implement strategies or steps to improve the teaching methods and strategies used in mathematics sessions, so as to subsequently reduce the problem of non-completion. (Contains 1 table, 2 figures, and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)