ERIC Number: EJ990470
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Does Math Achievement "h'APP'en" when iPads and Game-Based Learning Are Incorporated into Fifth-Grade Mathematics Instruction?
Carr, Jennie M.
Journal of Information Technology Education: Research, v11 p269-286 2012
After 10 years of No Child Left Behind standards-focused education, mathematics scores have improved only marginally for elementary-aged students. Students who developed a solid conceptual mathematics foundation at the elementary level succeeded later in higher-level mathematics courses; thus, educators have sought ways to increase mathematics achievement, especially among elementary school students. Educators have utilized advances in technology with game-based learning applications and wireless Internet access to create exciting interactive learning opportunities for students that may translate into student achievement. The purpose of this quantitative, quasi-experimental study was to examine the effects of iPad use as a 1-to-1 (1:1) computing device on 5th-grade students' mathematics achievement in two rural Virginia elementary schools. A nonequivalent groups pretest and posttest design was used with 104 fifth-grade students. For one academic quarter of nine weeks, the experimental group used iPads as 1:1 computing devices daily during mathematics class while the control group members did not. A pre-test was administered before the iPad intervention and a posttest was administered after the iPad intervention. The change from pretest to posttest was not significantly different between the two groups as measured by a one-way repeated measures analysis of variance. Recommendations for future study include increasing the intervention duration, using additional participants, collecting qualitative data, and providing students with continuous 24-hour, seven-day-a-week iPad access. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Intervention, Futures (of Society), Statistical Analysis, Grade 5, Elementary School Mathematics, Rural Schools, Scoring Rubrics, Lesson Plans, Curriculum Implementation, Electronic Learning, Computer Assisted Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Strategies, Instructional Effectiveness, Pretests Posttests, Comparative Analysis, Handheld Devices, Educational Games, Computer Games, Internet, Control Groups, Experimental Groups, Quasiexperimental Design
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 5
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001