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Exploring teachers’ use of technology in teaching and learning mathematics in KwaZulu-Natal schools


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Title Exploring teachers’ use of technology in teaching and learning mathematics in KwaZulu-Natal schools
Creator Umugiraneza, Odette Bansilal, Sarah North, Delia
Subject Mathematics Education; Statistics Education; Education; Mathematics technology; mathematics teachers; statistics teachers; beliefs; confidence
Description It is often claimed that technology can be used as a tool that can facilitate teaching and learning and contribute to learners’ achievement. This article reports on a study about how KwaZulu-Natal mathematics teachers use, access and integrate technology in the teaching and learning of mathematics. A questionnaire containing closed and Likert scale questions regarding the use of technology, was distributed to 75 KwaZulu-Natal mathematics teachers. The findings reveal that the technology used most commonly by the group for teaching mathematics is calculators. Almost all the teachers reported that they never use computers in their teaching of mathematics. Although the teachers reported that they do not use computers in teaching and learning, about 80% of the participants conveyed a positive view that using technology improves learners’ understanding of mathematics. The findings further indicate that the teachers’ propensity to use technology in instructional practice is associated with demographic factors related to teaching experience, gender, level of study and participation in professional learning activities. The study also showed that teachers who have access to internet instructional resources have higher levels of confidence in teaching mathematics and hold broader beliefs about the nature of mathematics and the aims of teaching mathematics than the teachers who do not use the internet for instructional purposes.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Date 2018-11-14
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Survey
Format text/html application/epub+zip application/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/pythagoras.v39i1.342
Source Pythagoras; Vol 39, No 1 (2018); 13 pages 2223-7895 1012-2346
Language eng
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Coverage — — Age, gender, teaching experience, quintile schools,level of education
Rights Copyright (c) 2018 Odette Umugiraneza, Sarah Bansilal, Delia North