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Title:The short-term effectiveness of a remedial mathematics course: Evidence from a UK university PDF Logo
Authors:Di Pietro, Giorgio
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6358
Abstract:Whilst in the US there is a growing debate about the effectiveness of remedial university courses, this issue is less questioned in the UK. Using a regression discontinuity approach and data from a large School of a post-1992 UK university, we estimate the effect of remediation on student outcomes. We find no evidence that attending a math remedial program improves student performance in the first year. This finding is consistent and complements that of a recent study by Lagerlöf and Seltzer (2009), which is based on data from a pre-1992 UK university. Taken together, these results may call for a review of the remediation policy offered at university level in the UK.
Subjects:regression discontinuity design
remedial mathematics
student performance
JEL:A22
I20
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-201205026593
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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