Thesis Title

Effective Technology Use in Skill-Based Mathematics Instruction: Fourth through Eighth Grades

Graduation Date

Spring 2005

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Science

Program Name


Program Director

Madalienne F. Peters, EdD


In the United States today, there is a great deal of concern over achieving grade level standards and improving standardized test scores. Educational technology is one of the primary focuses of many educational policy reforms designed to improve student outcomes and reach state and federal standards. This literature review analyzed current research for trends in teacher and student attitudes toward mathematics-related technology, assessed effective types of technology related to mathematics instruction and implementation practices, and finally examined the cost-effectiveness of technology use when compared to other interventions. Technology that emphasizes real-life simulations and collaborative inquiry tends to have the best results both for increasing mathematical skill and maintaining good teacher and student attitudes. Some critical components to effective implementation are professional training, ongoing technical support, and equitable distribution. The cost-effectiveness of technology is still debated, but seems to be more effective when technology is implemented as a cohesive program rather than as an assortment of different technologies put into practice by individual teachers or administrators.

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