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Exit interviews: undergraduates who leave mathematics behind

Ward-Penny, Robert; Johnston-Wilder, Sue and Lee, Clare (2011). Exit interviews: undergraduates who leave mathematics behind. For the Learning of Mathematics, 31(2) pp. 21–26.

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Abstract

It is increasingly being recognised that a significant number of able students who embark on a mathematics degree become disenchanted and move away from mathematics after graduating. This paper reports on the experiences of four such learners, exploring their mathematical trajectories against ideas in current literature. Through a consideration of their evolving agentic identities, we argue that observed difficulties arise not only out of cognitive challenges, but also from a paucity of resilient learning strategies and behaviours specific to mathematics. In this way, we offer a perspective which has relevance in preparing future students more effectively.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2011 FLM Publishing Association, Alberta, Canada
ISSN: 0228-0671
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Education
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Item ID: 29042
Depositing User: Clare Lee
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2011 14:48
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 18:02
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/29042
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