Introducing Preservice Mathematics Teachers to Hypermedia
Annual Conference on the Teaching of Mathematics,
This paper explores how preservice mathematics teachers perceive the use of hypermedia in instruction. Six preservice mathematics teachers at the University of Texas at Austin were given a questionnaire in order to determine their prior knowledge of browsing the Internet, authoring on the Internet, and using CD-ROMs for both personal and instructional purposes. Student work and qualitative data from observations and informal discussions were also collected. Results indicate that the teachers had a greater knowledge of Internet and CD-ROM use for personal purposes than for instructional. The study also shows that few of the teachers had experience with authoring on the Internet for instructional or personal purposes. Although the results provide some evidence that there is a need to introduce preservice secondary mathematics teachers to computer technology so that they may integrate technologies in their classrooms, it is clear research is needed to determine whether hypermedia resources are effective in mathematics instruction and if so, how they should be used and when they are appropriate for the classroom. Questionnaire is appended. (Contains 26 references.) (MA)
Bell, C.J. (1996). Introducing Preservice Mathematics Teachers to Hypermedia. Presented at Annual Conference on the Teaching of Mathematics 1996.