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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 5, No. 3 (2009) open journal systems 


Making quality education accessible to all through technology: A case study on accelerating quality delivery of the mathematics curriculum by re-tooling mathematics classrooms with only one computer

Peter Francis Wintz, University of Guyana, Guyana


Abstract
Computer technology has become an integral part of most educational landscape. In Guyana, like many developing countries, educators are cognizant of the benefits of the integration of computer technology but due to economic constraints have been unable to equip their mathematics classrooms abundantly. Based on this reality, educators were introduced to the one computer classroom that is known to offer a cost-effective way to accelerate high quality delivery of the mathematics curriculum especially to students with average and below average mathematical ability. The main objective of the study was to examine the impact of computer aided instruction on students’ performance. Eight student-teachers from eight secondary schools and 190 secondary school students were involved in the study. The findings revealed that the computer aided instruction did not only improve students’ performance but their level of retention of knowledge was higher. However, females made more significant progress than the males following the computer aided instructions. The most striking result was that the experimental group with students who were below mathematical ability recorded the highest ‘true’ difference mean for both the post-test and the re-test.


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International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology. ISSN: 1814-0556