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ERIC Number: ED501142
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 14
Computers in the Primary Classroom: Barriers to Effective Use
Thomas, Michael O. J.; Vela, Carolyn
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Paper presented at the 27th International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education Conference Held Jointly with the 25th PME-NA Conference (Honolulu, HI, Jul 13-18, 2003), v4 p347-354
The computer has been in the world's mathematics classrooms for some period of time now, but with varying degrees of implementation in the promotion of student learning. In this paper we describe longitudinal research over seven years which has investigated how primary school teachers actually make use of computers in their mathematics classroom, and what they perceive to be the major obstacles to improving or extending such use. The results show that while there are now many more computers available to primary teachers and there is some change in the software used, there are still a number of key barriers to increased use of computers as mathematical learning tools. (Contain 1 figure and 4 tables.) [For complete proceedings, see ED500860.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand