Studying at university: early perceptions and experiences of first year service mathematics students

Taylor, Janet A. and Mander, Alison (2007) Studying at university: early perceptions and experiences of first year service mathematics students. Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development, 4 (3). pp. 29-43.

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It is well known that studying at university for the first time can be problematic for both recent school leavers and mature-aged students. The present study investigated students’ behaviours, expectations and perceptions of university study within the context of a first-year service mathematics subject. The study investigated the perceptions of both on-campus and distance education students using a mixed methodology of surveys, and structured and unstructured interviews. The findings indicate that on-campus students spend significantly less time studying than distance education students, with both groups studying fewer hours than expected by curriculum designers. Further, although students clearly reported the characteristics that they believed defined an effective student, on questioning, few displayed the characteristics in their study practices and few accessed or had the skills to access the available support offered. The implications for academic staff and curriculum designers are briefly discussed, along with the study’s relevance to the students’ experience in the first year of university.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: The journal states that 'Copyright of articles is retained by authors. As an open access journal, articles are free to use, with proper attribution, in educational and other non-commercial settings.'
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2007 01:52
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:55
Uncontrolled Keywords: mathematics; university; student perceptions
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development

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