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Caribbean Journal of Education

An Action Research on The Effectiveness of Technology as a Teaching Tool Utilized By Teachers in Developing Students’ Interest and Mathematics Performance

Publication Date: 
September 2022

The goal of this action research was to investigate and gather data concerning the effectiveness of technology as a mathematics teaching aid in an Early Childhood Classroom (ECE) at a school in Belmopan, Belize. It aims to understand (1) to what extent the use of technology as a teaching aid increase 12 students’ academic performance and (2) to investigate to what extent the use of tablets aid in stimulating students’ interest as they gain new knowledge and skills about Mathematics topics. The research was planned and conducted over a fiveweeks span in an Infant Two class. Data wascollected via pre and post-test along with structured Mathematics lessons taught during the assigned period, the use of observation checklist and the teachers’ lessons evaluation aid in providing validity to the data compiled. In this study, it is evident that studentsprefer the use of technology in teaching mathematics over the traditional way of teaching. The researcher concluded that through the use of technology teachers can create child-centered classrooms to stimulate students’ interest in learning mathematics as well as increase their academic performance.

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