Differences in teachers' choice of technology and its implementation amongst ability-grouped high school math classes

Cristina Elisa Torres, University of Texas at El Paso

Abstract

This paper investigated the differences in types of technology, methods of technology implementation, and frequency for the types and methods of technology used in Pre-AP, regular, and trailer classes of Algebra and Geometry. Fifty-one high school math teachers from two districts and eight schools completed technology surveys. Additionally, two teachers were interviewed and observed teaching. Data indicated that no one ability group was favored in all three aspects of the investigation. Regular classes implemented the most types and methods, but Pre-AP and trailer classes had higher overall and individual frequencies for types and methods used. The data also suggested the frequent technology use in trailer courses may be due to teachers' desires to provide new experiences to previously unsuccessful students. Overall, teachers of all groups favored calculator use for procedural knowledge, and showed less focus on other technologies or uses, such as applications, critical thinking skills, or assessment. ^

Subject Area

Education, Mathematics|Education, Secondary|Education, Technology of

Recommended Citation

Torres, Cristina Elisa, "Differences in teachers' choice of technology and its implementation amongst ability-grouped high school math classes" (2005). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1430954.
http://digitalcommons.utep.edu/dissertations/AAI1430954

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