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Exploring boot camps for ‘gatekeeper’ service courses in mathematics


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Title Exploring boot camps for ‘gatekeeper’ service courses in mathematics
Creator Campbell, Anita
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Description Pressure to increase the throughput of university students in ethical ways has been a catalyst for innovations to improve learning and student success. Student dropout occurs mostly in the first year of study and poor performance is a major contributor to dropout even if the underlying reason for the poor performance is not academic under-preparedness. This article discusses the design and implementation of a mathematics tutored reassessment programme (TRP or ‘boot camp’) to improve the pass rate of students writing supplementary examinations for first year engineering mathematics. Interviews with students and tutors suggest that the TRP cultivated positive affective changes in students. A notable result from this case study was that students who qualified for a reassessment with marks in the range 40%–44% (and who would not normally have been granted a supplementary examination) outperformed students qualifying with marks of 45%–49%, for whom attendance at the TRP was optional. Theoretical motivations for five principles guiding the design of the TRP are discussed.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Date 2015-11-24
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/octet-stream text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/pythagoras.v36i2.298
Source Pythagoras; Vol 36, No 2 (2015); 9 pages 2223-7895 1012-2346
Language eng
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Rights Copyright (c) 2015 Anita Campbell