Undergraduate mathematics diversified for non-standard entrants - whatever next! A case of teaching assistants and the curriculum

Drake, Pat (2005) Undergraduate mathematics diversified for non-standard entrants - whatever next! A case of teaching assistants and the curriculum. In: Coare, Pamela, Armstrong, P, Boice, M and Morrice, L (eds.) Diversity and Difference in Lifelong Learning: Proceedings of the 35th Annual SCUTREA Conference. University of Sussex, Centre for Continuing Education, pp. 75-83. ISBN 9780904242508

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Abstract

This paper draws upon the experiences of students making the transition from teaching assistant in secondary school to specialist teacher of secondary mathematics. Locating the study in theorised literature of widening participation, student choice, and learning mathematics raises challenges, as this group of students, although recruited under the aegis of the widening participation agenda, cuts across existing widening participation categories. For these students work-related learning has become critical, and they emerge as highly driven and successful at negotiating an opportunity for career advancement and intellectual development in an environment where choice is extremely limited. Unlike other targeted groups, these students have spent many years engaged in personal learning, which has led on to professional learning, and in a sense is preparation for the academy. However, it is argued university mathematics and school-based, or professional mathematics are different discourses, so that the extent to which learning in one discourse is applicable in the other must be explicitly questioned.

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Additional Information: This paper was presented to the international SCUTREA conference in July 2005. It draws upon the experiences of students making the transition from teaching assistant in secondary school to specialist teacher of secondary mathematics, via a local degree programme set up specifically for this purpose. The study is located in theorised literature of widening participation, student choice, and learning mathematics.
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Depositing User: Pat Drake
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:10
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2016 15:33
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/24414
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