The Relationship between Integrating Educational Technology in Mathematics Education and the Mathematics Achievement of German Students
Petronella Elize Saal 1 * , Marien Alet Graham 1, Linda van Ryneveld 2
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1 Department of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA
2 Comprehensive Online Education Services, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA
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Abstract

The Education system in Germany recently invested five billion euro in digital infrastructure for 40 000 schools. Therefore, this mixed-method study explored the relationship between integrating educational technology in mathematics education and the mathematics achievement of Grade 4 German students. Descriptive statistics and two-level Hierarchical Linear Models (HLM) were used to analyse the Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2015 questionnaire data of students, their parents, mathematics teachers and principals. Semi-structured interviews and classroom observations were also used to collect data at two schools, which were conveniently and purposefully selected. Findings from HLM revealed that students who owned a mobile phone, a computer/tablet as well as those who used computers/tablets ‘every or almost every day’ at home, at school and other places for schoolwork, achieved lower mathematics scores than their counterparts. While the shared use of a computer/tablet and an internet connection positively and significantly predict student performances.

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Article Type: Research Article

https://doi.org/10.29333/ejmste/8939

EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, 2020 - Volume 16 Issue 12, Article No: em1905

Publication date: 21 Oct 2020

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