id: 06645034
dt: j
an: 2016f.00193
au: Solomon, Yvette; Croft, Tony
ti: Understanding undergraduate disengagement from mathematics: addressing
alienation.
so: Int. J. Educ. Res. 79, 267-276 (2016).
py: 2016
pu: Elsevier, Amsterdam
la: EN
cc: C25
ut: undergraduate mathematics; alienation; disengagement
ci:
li: doi:10.1016/j.ijer.2015.10.006
ab: Summary: This paper explores the phenomenon of student disengagement from
university mathematics through the lens of Marx’s concept of
alienation. Distinguishing between alienation as an objective
relationship and the subjective state of disaffection, it argues that
dominant modes of teaching in the English school system produce
alienated relationships with mathematics, including among successful
students, which university teaching does not necessarily reverse.
Drawing on interviews with 15 second-year mathematics single major
students from 4 universities, in which they explain their experiences
of university mathematics, we argue that ‘undoing’ alienation and
enhancing engagement at university rests on the development of new
relationships with mathematics through greater support for students’
developing confidence in independent mathematical judgement.
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