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Program Evaluation: Integration of Educational Software into the Elementary School Math Curriculum

Peter P. Kiriakidis () and Tonya Johnson ()
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Peter P. Kiriakidis: PhD, Founder and CEO of Higher Education Research and Consulting Company,USA.
Tonya Johnson: EdD, College technology consultant, USA.

Revista romaneasca pentru educatie multidimensionala - Journal for Multidimensional Education, 2015, vol. 7, issue 2, 55-65

Abstract: At the research site, which was one elementary school within a public school district, teachers used educational software to help their students increase proficiency in math. The purpose of this program evaluation case study was to examine the perceptions of teachers of the integration of math software into the curriculum. The conceptual framework was based on the social learning theory. Purposive sampling was used to select teachers to participate in face-to-face semi structured audio taped interviews. Data were collected from 6 elementary school teachers who taught math and used educational math software in their classrooms. Data were analyzed using line-by-line thematic analysis for emergent themes. The findings indicated strategies teachers used to integrate software into the math curriculum to enhance learning via small group instruction. These findings can be used by school and district administrators regarding professional development opportunities for teachers on using successful strategies to integrate educational software into the math curriculum.

Keywords: computer assisted instruction; elementary school math and academic resources; integration of math software into the curriculum; math instructional strategies; understanding math by using technology; state scores in math; and math software; and elementary school testing in math. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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