LEARNING MATHEMATICS WITH TECHNOLOGY-A MEANINGFUL ENDEAVOUR INVOLVING 2 ND YEAR EDUCATION STUDENTS
The envisaged relationship between learning mathematics with technology and the achievement of student teachers at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) forms the focus of this research. Since the introduction of a new Faculty of Education programme for Grade 10-12 teachers in 2011, their mathematics lecturer faced several challenges. Most pertinent were inadequate foundational mathematical competency levels of students and their negative attitudes towards the curriculum. In an effort to boost
... effort to boost student attitudes, to enhance their intrinsic motivation and more frequent engagement with mathematical content, the second year lecturer integrated an extensive online support programme (Enhanced WebAssign) into the second semester module. The highly constructive effect of this intervention, monitored as research project, can be labelled as almost 'unlikely'. More encouraging attitudes, amplified confidence levels, a willingness to confront more complex mathematical content and a significant achievement surge, exemplifies this study as a meaningful mathematics learning with technology endeavour.