Poor use of computers in teaching and learning of mathematics: A case study of three selected schools in Mthatha Education District, South Africa.

ID: 51172 Type: Brief Paper: Other
  1. Simon Adjei Tachie, Walter Sisulu University, South Africa

Thursday, June 22 12:10-12:30 PM Location: Bell View on map

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Abstract: This paper discusses factors influencing both teachers and learners’ poor use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) like computers in teaching and learning of mathematics in three selected schools in Mthatha Education District. A case study design was used. The sample comprised of three teachers and five learners selected from three schools in Mthatha District. One-to-one face-to-face interviews was used for data collection. Content analysis was used to analyse the data. The findings of the study revealed that factors to do with lack of opportunities, attitude and material resources were viewed as contributing to poor use of computers in teaching and learning of mathematics in schools. The study concluded that lack of teachers’ use of computers in schools has made it difficult for them to assist learners in the use of computers for school tasks. It is recommended that the department should enforce the use of computers available in schools by both teachers and learners

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