Measuring the Effectiveness of Mathematics Support resources
evaluation of mathematics support centres - a review of the literature (sigma)
This sigma guide reviews published literature concerning the evaluation of mathematics support centres. There is a growing body of research studies, which have looked into a number of areas such as: the establishment of a MSC; the usage of MSCs and mechanisms for recording usage data; feedback from students and staff and ways to collect this; effects on achievement, pass rates and retention rates; and the prevalence of MSCs in the higher education sector. More recently researchers have begun to examine the effects of MSCs on undergraduatesâ?? mathematics learning experiences and mathematical confidence, and to address issues concerning students who are â??at riskâ?? or underachieving and not engaging with the facilities offered by their MSC. This report reviews and synthesises all the available published research evidence so that informed decisions can be made about the value of mathematics support activity and the targeting of future funding.
Gathering student feedback on mathematics and statistics support provision - A guide for those running mathematics support centres (sigma)
This sigma guide has been written for those who are responsible for managing mathematics support centres. It is the culmination of a project involving staff from many support centres around the UK. Authored by Dr David Green, Mathematics Education Centre, Loughborough University, it contains a wealth of advice and information for those who want to gather student feedback, and contains examples of forms which are currently being used.