Students’ and lecturers’ views on mathematics resources

Caitríona Ní Shé, Ciarán Mac an Bhaird, Eabhnat Ní Fhloinn, Ann O’Shea
  • Teaching Mathematics and its Applications An International Journal of the IMA, February 2017, Oxford University Press (OUP)
  • DOI: 10.1093/teamat/hrw026

What technological resources do mathematics lecturers recommend and do first-year students use?

What is it about?

Students in higher education use a range of different technological resources for additional help with mathematics. Some of these are recommended by lecturers; others they find for themselves. This study looked at what resources first-year students use; whether there was a difference between what lecturers and students recommended; and what type of resources they would like to see developed.

Why is it important?

Many lecturers spend a lot of time sourcing and recommending technological resources for their students - but it is not always clear that students use these. On the other hand, students may find some resources very useful but their lecturers are unaware of these - or feel they are unreliable or encourage surface learning. This study highlighted the differences between the two groups and also identified resources that they would like to see developed.

Perspectives

Dr Eabhnat Ní Fhloinn (Author)
Dublin City University

This was a very interesting paper to work on, as ensuring that students use the best resources when studying mathematics is so important. I hope you find it equally interesting!

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