Mature students – participation in maths support and progression

Tim Crawford, Jonathan Cole

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Abstract

Maths support at the Learning Development Service takes the form of drop-in contact, one-to-one appointments and workshops. Analysis over three years from 2010/11 to 2012/13 shows that 45% of one-to-one appointments involved a mature student, defined at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) as one who has had a break in full-time study (normally a minimum of two years). This is a very high proportion given that 4% of students at QUB are mature. Considering engineering undergraduates only, the fraction of one-to-one appointments involving mature students was also 45%. This study can report a wide variation in terms of progression of mature students in engineering and aims to consider how more traditional undergraduate learners could be persuaded to adopt the attitudes of mature students in partaking of maths support.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014
Event8th Annual Irish Workshop on Mathematics Learning and Support Centres - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 31 Jan 201431 Jan 2014

Conference

Conference8th Annual Irish Workshop on Mathematics Learning and Support Centres
CountryIreland
CityDublin
Period31/01/201431/01/2014

Keywords

  • mathematics
  • learning support
  • mature student

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