Proyecto Tesis (Disertación)

THE EFFECT OF COMPUTER USE ON MATHEMATICAL REASONING, PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS AND ATTITUDES AT THE COLLEGE LEVEL
 

Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Education in
Teachers College, Columbia University
1996
 

by
Bernardette Feliciano Quiñones

Dissertation Committee:

Professor Bruce Vogeli, Sponsor 
Profesor J. Philip Smith

 

Approved by the Committee on the Degree of Doctor of Education
 
 
 
 

ABSTRACT

    THE EFFECT OF COMPUTER USE ON MATHEMATICAL REASONING, PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS AND ATTITUDES AT THE COLLEGE LEVEL

 
Purpose

    The purpose of this study was to prepare computer-based instructional materials for use in a mathematical reasoning and problem solving skills course at the college level.
 
 

Procedure

    The study took place in a private four-year university in Ponce, Puerto Rico, during the Spring of 1995. Three groups participated in the study. The students participants were enrolled in the Mathematical Reasoning Skill Course. This course is part of the core curriculum and it was developed to promote mathematical reasoning and the development of problem solving skills.

    Two of the groups were designated Computer 1 (C1, Instructor A), and Computer 2 (C2, Instructor B). The third group was designated Non-Computer (NC, Instructor A). The investigator taught Computer I and Non-Computer groups. A mathematics department colleague taught group Computer 2.

    The students in the computer groups received three sessions of instruction in the use of Lotus 1-2-3. Additional instruction was given as needed for the purpose of the project.  The instructional content was texbook oriented and was identical for treatment and comparison groups.

Results

    Results of the study are reported as an analysis of the pretest results, posttest results and the difference between them.  A comparison of pre and post thes scores indicated that there was significant difference (p< .05) in achievement mean gain scores in the non-computer group.  There was no significant difference in achievement mean gain scores when the mathematical reasoning course was taught with the use of computers.
 
 

Conclusions

    The findings of this study did not demonstrate that this technology-based curriculum improved student achievement in the Mathematical Reasoning Skills course, MRSG 1010, at the college level.  The results suggest that teachers should consider certain factors when deciding to implement technology in the taching of mathematical reasoning and problem solving skills.  Among these factors are time available for class demonstration and practice; the students' knowledge of the hardware and sofware and software to be used and the ability of the students to learn to use these resources.
 

Copyright Bernardette Feliciano 1996
       ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



Favor de leer estos términos y condiciones cuidadosamente antes de utilizar esta colección. Una vez que usted accede, hojea o utiliza esta colección, significa que está de acuerdo con estos términos y condiciones.  Si usted no está de acuerdo con algunos de los términos y condiciones mencionados a continuación, no acceda, hojee o utilice la colección.  El Centro de Acceso a la Información se reserva los derechos a su exclusiva discreción de modificar, alterar o poner al día, en cualquier momento, estos términos y condiciones.  Al entrar, hojear o utilizar la colección, usted debe estar de acuerdo a limitarse a dichas modificaciones, alteraciones y actualizaciones.

Please read these Terms and Conditions carefully before using this collection.  By accessing, browsing or using this collection, you signify your agreement with these Terms and Conditions.  If you do not agree with any of the below Terms and Conditions, do not access, browse, or use this collection.  The Access Information Center reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify, alter or update these Terms and Conditions at any time.  By accessing, browsing, or using the Collection, you agree to be bound by such modifications, alterations and updates.

Limitaciones de Responsabilidades Legal

[Pág. Anterior]