Should MLCs be more Proactive?

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Should MLCs be more Proactive?. John ODonoghue Lisa OKeeffe Olivia Gill Mathematics Learning Centre University of Limerick. Changing Environment. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


Should MLCs be more Proactive?

Should MLCs be more Proactive?John ODonoghueLisa OKeeffeOlivia Gill

Mathematics Learning CentreUniversity of LimerickChanging EnvironmentThe changed and changing environment demands a more proactive stance by the MLCs for a variety of reasons related to the drivers of change which are identified as followsDrivers of ChangeEconomic AusteritySmart EconomyMass Higher EducationChanging Profile of Entering StudentsProject MathsOther developmentsEconomic AusterityCurrent economic climateIncrease in student numbersIncrease in diversity of backgroundsIncrease in the number of degree programmes being offered Etc.Decrease in fundingCost Effective

The Smart EconomyThe smart economy will demand in mathematical terms more people attaining higher levels of mathematics Professionals in numerate disciplines performing at higher levels which will demand more mathematics.A more mathematically literate general population is envisaged/demandedThe quality of the numerate professions e.g. the engineers, is more crucially dependent on the quality of the mathematical achievement of the entrantsThis will need additional support to be achieved MLCs!!

Mass Higher EducationPressure for a more varied profile in mathematics entry requirementsCause government policy for mass higher educationCurrently 70% of current populationProjected participation of c. 90%.Only possible through a relaxation of gatekeeping function of mathematicsImplies a more varied profile of entry routes

Traditional Profile of Entering StudentsEntry standards traditionally has been very homogeneous from a mathematics point of viewUniversityLeaving Certificate HigherLeaving Certificate OrdinaryIOTsLeaving Certificate HigherLeaving Certificate OrdinaryOther (Foundation, FETAC, LCAP)

Change in ProfileImpacts in 2 ways:Preparedness of traditional groupsArrival of new groupsMature Students (Leaving Cert)Mature Students (No Leaving Cert)Mature Students (Access)Non-nationals (Mature)OtherLabour Market Activation??

Change in Profile

Different ProfilesAlready MLCs are playing a role in creating multiple profilesAccessSpecial engineering examsProject MathsProject Maths will not make the MLCs redundantWhy?Students will enter university with better preparationStudents will be better matched to the demands of higher educationNew gaps initially e.g. vectors, matricesGaps will persist until mathematics departments respond by reviewing their programme offeringsLow achievers will still require supportOther

How will we be more Proactive?Business as usual until 2014/15Anticipate a dip 2012 - 2014Students making the transition from traditional JC to PMAnticipate a dip 2015First PM graduates (1st year Leaving Cert)Need to work with mathematics departments to effect review of current offerings in view of gapsNeed to provide topic based workshops or additional online support to fill gaps (in preparation)Enhanced role for online support (in development)More active collaboration between MLCs and sharing of resources and insightsResearch


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