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Title: Recruitment and retention of students – an integrated and holistic vision of mathematics support
Authors: Croft, Tony
Harrison, Martin C.
Robinson, Carol L.
Keywords: Mathematics support
Statistics support
Strategies for success
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Routledge (© Taylor & Francis)
Citation: CROFT, A.C., HARRISON, M. and ROBINSON, C.L., 2009. Recruitment and retention of students – an integrated and holistic vision of mathematics support. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 40 (1), pp. 109-125.
Abstract: Students’ lack of preparedness for the mathematical demands of higher education is affecting a wide range of programmes in universities worldwide. In the UK this has been recognized at the highest levels and provoked several inquiries. The ability to use mathematics in courses as varied as nursing, biosciences, and business is an essential skill for success. Any factors that diminish students’ ability to perform competently will impact upon large groups. Consequences include failure, loss of self-esteem and financial losses. Conversely, strategies that improve performance lead to improvements in retention, progression and cost-effectiveness. This article details the way a research-led university has faced the challenges and brought mathematics support high up its strategic agenda, leading to a university-wide support strategy. It describes the implementation of this strategy and shares experiences gained for the benefit of policymakers and practitioners who are interested in enhancing their own institution-wide support provision.
Description: This is an electronic version of an article published in International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology [© Taylor and Francis]. The definitive version is available online at: www.tandfonline.com
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/00207390802542395
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/8626
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00207390802542395
ISSN: 0020-739X
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Mathematics Education Centre)

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