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The Maths Arcade: A Tool for Supporting and Stretching Mathematics Undergraduates

The Maths Arcade: A Tool for Supporting and Stretching Mathematics Undergraduates

Bradshaw, Noel-Ann (2017) The Maths Arcade: A Tool for Supporting and Stretching Mathematics Undergraduates. In: Wood, Leigh N. and Breyer, Yvonne A., (eds.) Success in Higher Education: Transitions to, within and from University. Springer Singapore, Singapore, pp. 95-110. ISBN 978-981-10-2789-5 (doi:10.1007/978-981-10-2791-8_6)

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Abstract

The Maths Arcade is an activity which aims simultaneously to support those university mathematics learners who are having difficulties, stretch more confident learners, and encourage the development of a staff-student mathematical community. The first Maths Arcade was set up at the University of Greenwich in September 2010, funded initially by a University grant for innovative teaching and later by the Mathematical Sciences Curriculum Innovation Fund of the UK National Higher Education STEM Program. The idea was developed and disseminated through conference presentations and workshops, and this has led to Maths Arcades being initiated in at least ten other UK universities, with interest from other academic disciplines such as business, computing, and engineering. This chapter discusses the motivation behind the initial idea as well as some of the different implementations. It also shows how this activity has been used to support and retain students, and how it has contributed to student success both academically and in terms of graduates’ progression into appropriate professional careers.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: At-risk students, Employment outcomes, Faculty-student interaction, STEM, Peer-mentoring,
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Mathematical Sciences
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Last Modified: 27 Apr 2017 10:44
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: GREAT a
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/16032

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