Why are students using web-based learning resources in mathematics outside the classroom?
2013 (English)In: Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Science, Mathematics and Technology Education. Muscat, Oman 4-7 November, 2012 / [ed] Darrell Fisher and Rekha Koul, Perth: Science and Mathematics Education Centre, Curtin University, Australia. , 2013, 40-44 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
The aim of this pilot study is to gain insights into the situation of students using web-based learning resources (WBLR) outside the formal learning environment in the classroom. More specifically to understand why students use the resources, and what they do when they access the resources. Eleven students that to some extent had used WBLR were interviewed, five in school year eight and six in school year twelve. The results indicate that the extent of the use of the resources were very limited and that the two main activities the students engage in are very similar to those they are used to from the classroom; i) practicing rote learning and ii) listening to solutions of tasks by a teacher. The students in upper secondary school used arguments tightly connected to grades, tests and results, aspects that will be of importance for the students in the future, while the younger students used arguments concerning mathematics in society and knowledge as important for their everyday life. The impression from the interviews was also that the younger students to a larger extent were open to new resources and more willing to search for new sites and try out what they found.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Perth: Science and Mathematics Education Centre, Curtin University, Australia. , 2013. 40-44 p.
web-based learning resources, activity theory
Research subject didactics of mathematics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-82531ISBN: 978-0-9923197-0-0OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-82531DiVA: diva2:661809
The Seventh International Conference on Science, Mathematics and Technology Education