
06670852
j
Noyes, Andrew
Adkins, Michael
Studying advanced mathematics in England: findings from a survey of student choices and attitudes.
Res. Math. Educ. 18, No. 3, 231248 (2016).
2016
Taylor \& Francis (Routledge), Abingdon, Oxfordshire; British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM)
EN
C25
C65
advanced mathematics
core maths
participation
choice
survey
doi:10.1080/14794802.2016.1188139
Summary: The UK Government has set a goal that the ``vast majority'' of students in England will be studying mathematics to the age of 18 by the end of the decade. The policy levers for achieving this goal include new Core Maths qualifications, designed for over 200,000 students who have achieved good grades at the age of 16 but then opt out of advanced or A level mathematics. This article reports findings from a clustersampled survey of over 10,000 17yearolds in England in 2015. Participants' views on post16 mathematics are presented and discussed. The main finding is that they are strongly opposed to the idea of {\it compulsory} mathematical study, but are less antithetical to being {\it encouraged} to study mathematics beyond 16. We consider how attitudes vary by gender, prior attainment, study patterns and future aspirations. The article considers the implications of these findings in the current policy landscape.