Lectures and transition: from bottles to bonfires?

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Despite much criticism, lectures remain a common and highly valued element of university mathematics teaching, with the potential to contribute significantly to learning. This potential, however, may not be realised because students’ and lecturers’ expectations, especially at the start of a degree course, are often very different. This chapter gives an overview of the difficulties and suggests ways in which lectures can be used to ease the transition from school to university mathematics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransitions in Undergraduate Mathematics Education
EditorsMichael Grove, Tony Croft, Joe Kyle, Duncan Lawson
Place of PublicationBirmingham
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jan 2015


  • mathematics education
  • lecture-based courses
  • teaching


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