Teacher survey

Transmaths: Learners - Into College

In contrast to the common institutional view of transition that positions mathematics as an obstacle to progression, most learners see transition as a challenge and an opportunity to grow. In particular, mathematics in transition is seen as requiring better ‘understanding’ and most students agree that a adopting a more responsible approach to learning is needed to achieve success in transition.

We found that some learners from poor socio-economic backgrounds – statistically considered “at risk” of failing in the educational field – showed exceptional resilience during transition. We see this resilience as a product of the cultural and social capital of students that, through a process of reflexivity, are able to resonate with the new setting and consequently achieve success in transition.