About the Project
Recent research has investigated the content of the lecture notes students take during mathematics lectures both in traditional lectures (e.g. Lew et al., 2016) and when using guided notes (Iannone and Miller, 2019; Cardetti et al., 2018). Early findings show that when students use guided notes, they tend to write more informal comments than when they take notes in traditional chalk and talk classes. This project aims to investigate the nature and frequency of the informal comments that students take on guided notes, together with the link between engagement, attainment and the nature of the comments written in the notes.
Some questions which may be useful to think about are: how does what appear in the students’ lecture notes compare with what the lecturer said in class? How do students act (if at all) on the notes taken in class once class is over? What role do the notes have (if any) in revising for final exams?
How to apply
All applications are made online, please select the school/department name under the programme name section and include the quote reference number.
Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in mathematics or mathematics education.
UK/EU Fee band: Research Band 1 Classroom Based (£4,327)
International Fee band: Research Band 1 Classroom Based (£16,900)
Cardetti, F., Khamsemanan, N., & Orgnero, M. C. (2010). Insights regarding the usefulness of partial notes in mathematics courses. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 80–92.
Iannone, P. and Miller, D. (2019) Guided notes for university mathematics and their impact on students’ note taking behaviour. Educational Studies in Mathematics. 3, 387–404.
Lew, K., Fukawa-Connelly, T. P., Mejia-Ramos, J. P., & Weber, K. (2016). Lectures in advanced mathematics: Why students might not understand what the mathematics professor is trying to convey. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 47(2), 162–198.
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