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Support for students in their transition to the first year of an engineering degree

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posted on 25.02.2020, 12:03 by Stephanie Thomas, Clare Trott
The research presented here is a project to support students entering STEM degrees. The study aims to investigate and address the mathematical difficulties that many students present when making the transition to undergraduate Engineering courses. Data were collected on students’ mathematical background, self-reported preferences in terms of preparing for assessments and outcomes on a mathematics diagnostic test. Both quantitative and qualitative methods were used to analyse the data, expanding the preliminary results reported in Treffert-Thomas, Hunsicker and Trott (2016). One of our findings showed that students without A/AS-level qualifications tended to use additional materials and online materials in particular more often than students with A/ASlevel qualifications. This led us to develop an online, visual, dynamic resource aimed to be inclusive of all students including those with a learning difference.

Funding

Loughborough University, School of Science Teaching Innovation Fund, SC2032

History

School

  • Science
  • University Academic and Administrative Support

Published in

Journal of the Foundation Year Network

Volume

2

Issue

2019

Pages

79 - 90

Publisher

Foundation Year Network

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The authors

Publisher statement

© Copyright 2019. The authors, Stephanie Treffert-Thomas and Clare Trott, assign to the Journal of the Foundation Year Network the right of first publication and educational and non-profit institutions a non-exclusive license to use this document for personal use and in courses of instruction provided that the article is used in full and this copyright statement is reproduced. Any other usage is prohibited without the express permission of the authors.

Publication date

2020-01-18

Copyright date

2019

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Stephanie Thomas. Deposit date: 23 February 2020

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