Maths Sparks: Developing Community and Widening Participation

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Title: Maths Sparks: Developing Community and Widening Participation
Authors: Ní Shúilleabháin, Aoibhinn
Cronin, Anthony
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Date: Sep-2015
Abstract: Improving the engagement of university students in wider issues of teaching and learning is now an important driver in higher education. Additionally, widening the participation of those who access higher education is a matter of increasing prominence. In this paper we report on a case study initiative addressing both of these issues in a university mathematics department. Staff and university students collaborated in developing a series of mathematics workshops, called Maths Sparks, for secondary school pupils from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. We report on the development of student-staff community as a result of establishing this programme and discuss the increased engagement and motivation of both university students and secondary pupils participating in the series of activity-based workshops.
Funding Details: University College Dublin
Type of material: Journal Article
Copyright (published version): 2015 the Authors
Keywords: Mathematics education;Student engagement;Widening participation;Outreach
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Mathematics and Statistics Research Collection

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