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Integrating ICT into the Second Level Mathematics Curriculum: An investigation of the obstacles which exist.

Keenan, Sabrina (2003) Integrating ICT into the Second Level Mathematics Curriculum: An investigation of the obstacles which exist. Diploma thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

This study looks at the integration of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) into teaching and learning in second level schools in Ireland, and at the issues relating to their incorporation into the curriculum. Particular emphasis is given to the integration of ICT into mathematics teaching.

The research questions focused on identifying issues which impede the integration of ICT into the curriculum and in particular the implications which new technology has for the existing pedagogy.

The theory of constructivism, as it relates to the teaching and learning of mathematics is discussed, and the ability of ICT to facilitate a constructivist learning style is investigated. It is suggested that constructivism is well suited to the teaching and learning of mathematics given its 'building blocks' nature. The current status of the ICT initiative in Ireland is then described and issues presenting obstacles to its progression are discussed. Particular attention is given to the issue of pedagogy and technology. It is suggested that the Irish ICT initiatives have focused on trying to integrate ICT into education without fist putting the correct pedagogical framework in place to support it.

The findings of the study, while they are based only on a small sample of the whole population, seem to point to the fact that despite the efforts of the Department of Education and Science to bring education in Ireland into the 21st century with the aid of the new technologies available, they are doomed to fail until they address the issues of curriculum and assessment. Noss (1991) states,
"Technology can be regarded as simply a tool that can be used to solve a problem efficiently and easily or it can determine educational change". It is this change that we
are ignoring and this change that we require.

Item Type: Thesis (Diploma)
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Q Science > QA Mathematics
T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology
Divisions: School of Computing > Higher Diploma in Computing in Science in eLearning
Depositing User: SINEAD CORCORAN
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2010 17:51
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2014 07:08
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/410

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