Innovations designed to improve the student experience for Mathematics students in Higher Education

Bradshaw, Noel-Ann (2019) Innovations designed to improve the student experience for Mathematics students in Higher Education. [Doctorate by Public Works]

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Abstract

In this context statement I research my public works in mathematics education and the impact they had on my practice, my students and my field at both national and international level. The works I am analysing are: The Maths Arcade, Tomorrow’s Mathematicians Today Undergraduate Conference, various employability initiatives, and a selection of videos and screencasts designed to improve students’ thinking. It includes some of the pedagogical theory that surrounds my works, details the social and political landscape associated with UK higher education, and discusses my motivations. In summary, it investigates the reasons I initiated these activities and answers the question why it is only I that could have done this work.

In analysing my public works I use autoethnography alongside critical reflection, drawing on my own experience of studying for a mathematics degree as a mature student with non-standard entry qualifications. I discuss the problems incurred by adults who have had a speech impediment when younger and the difficulties experienced by first-generation entrants to higher education. This research has shown that the underlying theme behind these initiatives is transition; transition into HE, transition between years and finally transition out of HE.

From my research I conclude that it is not so much the works themselves that are important but the underlying strategies and motivations. For students transitioning from school to university this includes the need to form strong friendships with their peers and to take part in activities that promote good staff/student interactions and communities. For students transitioning between years it includes developing independent learning and problem-solving skills, and for those transitioning into work or further study it includes the need to actively engage in career management. I hope that this research will enable other institutions and academics to initiate similar activities designed to improve the student experience for their cohorts of students.

Item Type: Doctorate by Public Works
Research Areas: B. > Theses
A. > Work and Learning Research Centre
Item ID: 26856
Depositing User: Brigitte Joerg
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2019 07:49
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2019 08:53
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/26856

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