Falling Through the Cracks: Undergraduate Students’ Mathematics Learning Experience

  • Lesa M. Covington ClarksonEmail author
  • Forster D. Ntow
  • Sousada Chidthachack
  • Elizabeth A. Crotty
Conference paper


In this chapter, we present the findings of two undergraduate students who became disinterested in studying mathematics despite initial success in high school. As a result, these students quit their science and engineering-related programs to pursue programs in the humanities. Reasons for this situation are related to how mathematics is taught at college which sometimes portrays mathematics as a subject which you are either predestined to succeed or not and a lack of teacher support.


Mathematics teaching Mindset Teacher support 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lesa M. Covington Clarkson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Forster D. Ntow
    • 1
  • Sousada Chidthachack
    • 1
  • Elizabeth A. Crotty
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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