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“This is what you need to be learning”: an analysis of messages received by first-year mathematics students during their transition to university

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posted on 09.11.2017, 11:17 by Eirini Kouvela, Paul Hernandez-Martinez, Tony Croft
This paper explores the messages that first-year mathematics students receive in the context of their academic studies during their transition from school to university mathematics. Through observations of lectures and discussions with first-year mathematics undergraduates in an English university, we identified and analysed the messages that two of their lecturers transmitted to them during this transitional phase. The results suggest that strongly framed messages are more easily perceived by students and affect them during their transition. Additionally, messages that have been received in the school context continue to have control over students’ thinking and on many occasions can impede adjustment to the new setting.

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  • Mathematics Education Centre

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Mathematics Education Research Journal

Volume

30

Pages

165-183

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KOUVELA, E., HERNANDEZ-MARTINEZ, P. and CROFT, T., 2017. “This is what you need to be learning”: an analysis of messages received by first-year mathematics students during their transition to university. Mathematics Education Research Journal, 33(7), pp. 847-856.

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Springer (© Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Inc.)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ by/4.0/

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06/10/2017

Publication date

2017-10-24

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This paper was published as Open Access by Springer under a Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY 4.0).

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1033-2170

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2211-050X

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