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    Students' sense of belonging to mathematics in the secondary-tertiary transition
    (International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 2018-07-08) ; ; ; ; ; ;
    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.
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    Engaging with feedback: How do students' remediate errors on their weekly quiz?
    Maths for Business is a first-year mathematics module for approximately 500 nonmathematics specialists. It has continuous assessment consisting of ten weekly quizzes, worth 40% of the final mark. In 2016/17, students who did not receive the maximum five marks on their weekly quiz were offered the opportunity to resubmit their quiz, with correction(s) and an explanation of their error(s), for one additional mark. We refer to this process as ‘remediation’. In this paper, we examine how students remediate their errors in order to identify features of a ‘good’ remediation. These features are identification, description, and correction of errors. By analysing a subset of students (n=31), we observe that a student’s quiz mark, and the cognitive level of the quiz question may impact the nature of the remediation provided.