Computers in the primary school with special reference to mathematics

  • A. D. Dubow

Student thesis: Master's Thesis

Abstract

The aims of this field study are to examine whether
or not a microcomputer can be integrated into a standard
primary mathematics curriculum and to investigate
generally if computers should be introduced into the
primary school with the aim of improving, or adding to,
the teaching-learning processes.
Resource limitations restricted the project to the
use of a comparatively cheap microcomputer into a fourth
and fifth grade mathematics programme at the school where
I was teaching. 15 children used the machine for approximately
10 minutes a day for 16 weeks. Gains on graded
pre and post tests were compared with matched control
groups' gains.
Questionnaire and observation techniques were used
to attempt assessment of children's and teacher's
feelings towards computers in primary education.
Naturally, these devices were less exact.
The evaluation of these efforts suggests that using
a computer in the classroom is a viable proposition,
providing the school has some trained staff who are
prepared to spend a considerable amount of extra time,
especially in the initial stages.
Date of Award1983
Original languageEnglish

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