The Origins, Development and Evaluation of Mathematics Support Services

Gill, Olivia, Mac, An Bhaird, Ciarán, . and Ní Fhloinn, Eabhnat (2010) The Origins, Development and Evaluation of Mathematics Support Services. Bulletin of the Irish Mathematical Society (66). pp. 51-63. ISSN 07915578


This article is an introductory overview of the recent expansion in the development and provision of mathematics support services at third level. In the last ten years the establishment of Mathematics Support and Learning Centres has increased significantly in Ireland and the UK. Most third level institutes in Ireland now supply some level of mathematics support. We will discuss the development of these supports as well as the reasons why third level institutes have decided to introduce them. We also give an overview of how these services are evaluated and the impact that they appear to have on student retention and performance. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of Bulletin of the Irish Mathematical Society is the property of IMS Bulletin and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

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