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ERIC Number: EJ847738
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1744-2710
"New Technology? New Ways of Teaching--No Time Left for That!"
Barzel, Barbel
International Journal for Technology in Mathematics Education, v14 n2 p77-86 2007
The title describes two challenges with which mathematics teachers nowadays have to deal concerning their classroom-arrangements: new teaching methods and integrating computers. Many teachers are afraid that when realising both trends, curricular prescriptions can become even more difficult to achieve. Changes in the classroom-arrangements and integrating the technology are perceived by some teachers as time-consuming and an additional burden. In contrast to this, other teachers perceive those trends not as an impediment, but as a special opportunity to achieve their aims in terms of contents and processes. This study investigated the question of whether the combination of both trends is an impediment or an opportunity in the frame of a research project at the University of Duisburg-Essen. As the first step, teaching material was developed which would serve teachers as an example of a long-term-sequence relating to a compulsory topic with a combined focus on integrating CAS in an open learning-arrangement. For this purpose, material for self-regulated learning to investigate polynomial functions integrating CAS in an open classroom-arrangement has been developed. As the second step; this material was evaluated. The central question of the research was to investigate to what extent this learning arrangement is suitable for simultaneously pursuing aims in both content and process. According to the multi-faceted arrangement, a complementary research design involving the collection of both qualitative and quantitative data was chosen. The qualitative part is an interpretive study based on video tapes. The quantitative part is an experimental large-scale study. The material was used in 45 classes (approximately 1200 students) from different schools in order to check whether general conclusions can be drawn. The large-scale study also includes a post-survey and a comparative post-test. To understand the aims of the project it is necessary to grasp the ideas of the material. Therefore, section 1 points out the main ideas of the material, section 2 explains the focus of the research project; and in section 3, early results that are organised according to teachers' learning are presented. (Contains 2 tables and 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany