Students' sense of belonging to mathematics in the secondary-tertiary transition

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Title: Students' sense of belonging to mathematics in the secondary-tertiary transition
Authors: Meehan, Maria
Howard, Emma
Ní Shúilleabháin, Aoibhinn
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/10048
Date: 8-Jul-2018
Online since: 2019-04-18T11:14:18Z
Abstract: A “sense of belonging to math” (SBM) scale has been shown to predict undergraduate mathematics students’ intent to study mathematics in the future. In this study, we use the scale to examine the impact of the transition from secondary school to university on 33 first year undergraduate students’ SBM. Using a cluster analysis, we identify three clusters: students in both Cluster 1 (n=21) and Cluster 2 (n=9) display a strong SBM at secondary school. Following the transition, those in Cluster 1 exhibit a decrease in SBM, while those in Cluster 2 show only a marginal decrease. Students in Cluster 3 (n=3) show a strong increase in their SBM, but they started with the lowest SBM initially. From an analysis of interviews with seven of the students, factors that might impact students’ SBM during the transition are discussed.
Type of material: Conference Publication
Publisher: International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
Volume: 3
Start page: 371
End page: 378
Keywords: Sense of belonging to math scale (SBM)Undergraduate mathematics studentsTransition from secondary school to university
Language: en
Status of Item: Unspecified
Is part of: Proceedings of the 42nd Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
Conference Details: PME42 the 42nd annual meeting of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (IGPME), Umea, Sweden, 3-8 July 2018
Appears in Collections:Mathematics and Statistics Research Collection

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