Is there a gender-based difference in attendance levels at mathematics support in higher education?
What is it about?
This study looks at responses from over 1,600 higher education students around Ireland, and asks them if they used any of the free mathematics support services in their own institution. We then consider whether there is a difference in the levels of engagement with such services between male and female students. We found that female students were almost two-and-a-half times more likely to use mathematics support, when controlling for their degree programme, prior mathematical achievements and institution attended. We also looked at reasons students gave for not attending.
Why is it important?
Mathematics support is a free service which aims to help any student who feels they need it in higher education. By better understanding which students attend and why other students do not attend, we can better tailor our service and our outreach, to ensure that all students who need help can get it. This is the first study that looked at attendance at mathematics support by gender, and it showed clearly that female students are far more likely to engage with mathematics support.
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