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ERIC Number: EJ724761
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0731-9258
Factors That Encourage or Inhibit Computer Use for Secondary Mathematics Teaching
Forgasz, Helen
Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, v25 n1 p77-93 2006
Included in contemporary mathematics curricula is the expectation that mathematics teachers will use technology--computers and calculators--in their classrooms. It is widely believed in Australian educational circles and in society at large that students' learning will be enhanced by engaging with these technologies. For children to use computers for mathematics learning, their teachers must want to use the technology and be enabled to do so. In this article, factors identified as encouraging or inhibiting computer use in Victorian (Australia) secondary mathematics classrooms are reported. Data were gathered from a large sample of teachers, surveyed twice over a 3-year period. The sets of encouraging and inhibiting factors were similar--that is, the presence or absence of particular factors appears to make a difference. It was disturbing to note that the identified factors differed little from those reported over a decade ago; they were also consistent with those identified by teachers elsewhere in the world and across various disciplines. The findings send strong messages to those empowered to make a difference. Whether overcoming the inhibitors will result in greater use of computers for mathematics learning and whether computer use will make a difference to students' learning are issues still requiring evidential support. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia