New evidence reveals the best way to motivate students in maths

Study International | April 15, 2019

New evidence reveals the best way to motivate students in maths
Students all around the world moan and groan when it comes to maths homework, and even when it’s time for mathematics class.It’s often seen as one of the most challenging subjects in school, and many students who feel they aren’t good at maths tend to steer away from the subject as soon as they have the choice to do so.They often go for more arts-based programmes at university-level, believing they won’t have any real need for maths out in the world. But often, these programmes require students to take a maths course or pre-requisite, so you can’t really run away from the subject.Even in the real world, students from all backgrounds will likely have to do some form of mathematics in their personal or working life.Disliking maths starts early on, when students aren’t able to build on a strong foundation in the subject, and end up resenting it all the way into adult life.So how can teachers make maths more interesting to engage young minds to actually like the discipline?

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Video-based learning has long been used as an educational tool to assist in classroom teaching, with earliest usage noted during the Second World War (Yousef et al., 2014). A number of recent advances, most notably the rapid growth in access to high speed internet through homes, schools and personal devices such as tablets or smartphones, have had a significant impact in changing the learning environment and accelerating video use in higher education. Researchers note an “explosion” in online courses and a rapidly changing comprehension of how video can be used effectively to enhance learning (Schneps et al. 2010).This paper collects much of the best and most recent research addressing these questions in the context of higher education, and makes some research contributions that are presented here for the first time.

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Video-based learning has long been used as an educational tool to assist in classroom teaching, with earliest usage noted during the Second World War (Yousef et al., 2014). A number of recent advances, most notably the rapid growth in access to high speed internet through homes, schools and personal devices such as tablets or smartphones, have had a significant impact in changing the learning environment and accelerating video use in higher education. Researchers note an “explosion” in online courses and a rapidly changing comprehension of how video can be used effectively to enhance learning (Schneps et al. 2010).This paper collects much of the best and most recent research addressing these questions in the context of higher education, and makes some research contributions that are presented here for the first time.