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ERIC Number: EJ828849
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0020-739X
Some Reasons for Change in Undergraduate Mathematics Enrolments
Holton, Derek; Muller, Eric; Oikkonen, Juha; Sanchez Valenzuela, Oscar Adolfo; Zizhao, Ren
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, v40 n1 p3-15 Jan 2009
Here, we look at the enrolments of students in undergraduate mathematics courses in a number of countries. The data show various increases and decreases and we suggest some common reasons for the fluctuations. These include students' goals of a secure and well-paid job, government actions and the state of the economy in the country concerned. We consider several ways in which departments have successfully approached downturns in numbers by their interactions with students by introducing new teaching approaches, using technology and establishing mathematics centres. (Contains 5 figures.)
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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: China; Mexico; Netherlands; New Zealand; Singapore; United States