The role of ICT in student engagement in learning mathematics in a preparatory university program

Chenoby, Helen (2014) The role of ICT in student engagement in learning mathematics in a preparatory university program. Research Master thesis, Victoria University.


The steady decline of students’ competency in mathematics has become known as the “Mathematics Problem”. Researchers identified that the level of student engagement is one of the most important factors affecting the academic performance of mathematics students. Strong link between students’ attitudes towards the use of technology for learning mathematics and their achievements also has been identified by recent studies. The mathematical problems have a multidimensional source and are initiated from the students’ personal characteristics and attitudes. Thus attitude is important educational concept about learning mathematics with technology. The association between student engagement and the use of ICT suggests that a positive attitude toward the use of ICT in learning mathematics is an important outcome in itself, especially when ICT is used. Student engagement can be influenced by a plethora of factors. These factors include student personal characteristics, learning experiences, perceptions, three aspects of engagement (cognitive, affective and behavioural) and attitudes towards the use of technology in learning of mathematics. This study is aimed at further investigating the factors that might be affected by the use of ICT with two major purposes: (1) to investigate the complex interrelationships between students’ demographic factors, mathematics confidence, access to technology outside university, confidence with technology, perception towards the use of technology for learning and attitude towards learning mathematics with technology, cognitive, affective and behavioural engagement; and student achievement and (2) to determine if the use of ICT impacts on the level of student engagement and achievements in mathematics.

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Master Degree of Science

Item type Thesis (Research Master thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Current > Division/Research > College of Science and Engineering
Keywords IT, Moodle, educational technologies, SigmaNet website, online learning, virtual classroom, social media, Internet, MANCOVA, mathematics foundation studies, preparatory programs, blended learning, students, teachers, confidence, attitudes, perceptions, age, gender, soco-economic background, culture, mathematics education, Victoria University curriculum reforms, curricula, Melbourne
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