Matthews, J. ... et al, 2012. Engineering students understanding mathematics. IN: Robinson, C.L. (ed.). Student-centred Approaches in Mathematics: Case Studies of Innovative Practice. Birmingham: Maths, Stats & OR Network, pp.19-21.
ESUM (Engineering Students Understanding Mathematics) is a developmental research project at a UK university. The motivating aim is that engineering students should develop a more conceptual understanding of mathematics through their participation in an innovation in teaching. A small research team (the authors) has both studied and contributed to innovation which included small group activity, a variety of forms of questioning, an assessed group project and use of the GeoGebra medium for exploring functions. The main study took place in the academic year 2010-11, but development is ongoing.