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ERIC Number: EJ1220221
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jul
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1694-609X
The Relationship between Using Information and Communication Technology in Education and the Mathematics Achievement of Students
Saal, Petronella Elize; van Ryneveld, Linda; Graham, Marien Alet
International Journal of Instruction, v12 n3 p405-424 Jul 2019
In his State of the Nation address on 7 February 2019, the president of the Republic of South Africa. Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa, stated that the government would provide digital workbooks and textbooks to every school child in South Africa by 2025. (De Villiers, 2019). This announcement begs the question how effective the incorporation of Information and Computer Technology (ICT) is in Education. This study adapted the comprehensive model of educational effectiveness created by Creemers (1994) to explore the relationship between the use of educational technology in mathematics and mathematics achievement in South Africa. The questionnaire responses from Grade 5 students, their mathematics teachers and school principals, participating in TIMSS 2015 research project, have been utilised in this study. Findings from descriptive statistics showed that almost 90% of the students were taught by teachers who did not have computers in their mathematics classrooms. Consequently, only 10% of students were taught by teachers who utilised computers in the classroom. The minority of these teachers used computers 'every, or almost every, day' in order to explore mathematical concepts (8.37%), to search for ideas relating to mathematics (2.14%) or to practice mathematical skills and procedures (6.26%). Hierarchical linear modelling revealed that students that were in mathematical classes with computers generally outperformed those who didn't have computers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Elementary Education; Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study