Technology, Active Learning, and Retention in General Education Mathematics
Inessa Levi, Columbus State University, United States ; Iman Chahine, Georgia State University, United States ; Lauretta Garrett, Tuskegee University, United States ; Haifeng Wang, Georgia State University, United States
JCMST Volume 35, Number 1, ISSN 0731-9258 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
Difficulties in general education mathematics courses may be attributed to many factors, primarily low proficiency in symbol manipulation, a perception that mathematics is an area which eludes mastery, a lack of engagement and effective practice. Educational technology can be a powerful aid in overcoming these factors. This work describes the implementation of an active learning model for a general education mathematics course supported by several types of technology. A tutorial and homework support system was used to promote active engagement in and out of the classroom, while spreadsheet software was used to address meaningful applications and overcome symbol manipulations issues. Class outcomes are discussed in terms of increase of productive grades as well as enhanced student attitudes towards mathematics.
Levi, I., Chahine, I., Garrett, L. & Wang, H. (2016). Technology, Active Learning, and Retention in General Education Mathematics. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 35(1), 81-105. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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