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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 13, No. 1 (2017) open journal systems 


Using electronic textbooks to teach mathematics in the secondary classroom: What do the students say?

Bruce Allen Knight, Central Queensland University, Australia
Maria Casey, Central Queensland University, Australia
John Dekkers, Central Queensland University, Australia


Abstract
Textbooks have been used to enhance teaching in mathematics at all levels of schooling for many years. The use of textbooks enables the mathematics content to be presented in a sequenced, coherent and logical way. There are very few studies, however, that explore student thoughts about the use of electronic textbooks (e-texts) in secondary classrooms. This paper reports the results of a study that aimed to develop an understanding of the phenomenon of student experiences of using an e-text during mathematics lessons; specifically those aspects that dominate the experiences and the ways students perceive their relationships amongst themselves and their teacher when using a digital mathematics e-text. The results of this study suggest that students using the e-text had a very positive experience. The use of e-texts brings a renewed approach to learning by providing students with what they perceive to be a useful, empowering experience.


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