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Title: The effectiveness of computer-aided teaching on the quality of learning data handling in mathematics in grade seven
Authors: Achary, Sarasvathie 
Issue Date: 2011
The purpose of the study was to investigate the effectiveness of computer-aided
teaching on the quality of learning data handling in mathematics in grade seven.
The rationale for this study was based on the information that, preceding the
introduction of curriculum 2005 in South African schools, statistics education
received little or no formal importance. At tertiary institutions in South Africa and
in many other countries, very few learners choose to major in statistics. Coupled
with this was that the effective integration of technology into the teaching and
learning of mathematics remains one of the crucial challenges facing
mathematics, which has been slow to respond to technological innovation.
A review of the literature provided the basis for the study of grade seven
learners to determine the use of technology in data handling, their views on the
use of computers in mathematics and the effect of computers on the
achievement of the set mathematics goals. Responses to the questionnaire,
interview and the test scores as well as factors identified in the literature, are
used to catalogue the effectiveness of integrating technology in mathematics.
The study identified three defining characteristics, each with a number of
associated elements. The first being that learners who engaged in technology
activities in mathematics have shown a greater conceptual understanding of
mathematics as indicated in the pre-test and post-test scores. The second was
that technology intensive instruction through the use of the Excel tool helped
learners to gain a better understanding of data handling concepts. Thirdly,
research result of this study showed that integrating technology into
mathematics instruction can be a positive influence on mathematics learning as
evident in the interview as well as the test scores. The study concludes that
effective integration of technology in mathematics requires recognition and
comprehensive attention. This will provide effective quality learning in
mathematics education.
Submitted in fulfillment of the requirements of the Degree of Master of Technology: Management, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa, 2011.
Appears in Collections:Theses and dissertations (Management Sciences)

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