Teachers not using computers to teach mathematics

Year: 2001

Author: Clarkson, Philip, Toomey, Ron

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Unexpectedly a number of teachers teaching Mathematics in three secondary schools did not explore extensively the use of computers in their teaching over a five-year period, even though it appeared that conditions would have encouraged this. Their colleagues teaching other subjects did take up the opportunities that came with the state government providing ample money for their schools for computer hardware and software. The unexpectedness was not only because of these resources being available, but also because of the history of Mathematics teachers being at the forefront of computer use. It appears that the emphases in the external curriculum, lack of professional inservice, and the teachers already demonstrated success in teaching mathematics obviated the exploration of advanced computer applications.