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A blended learning teaching approach aimed at improving post-primary students’ conceptual understanding of mathematics – a focus on algebra supported by digital pencasts

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dc.contributor.advisor Johnson, Patrick
dc.contributor.advisor English, Joe
dc.contributor.author Gallagher, Jason
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-14T14:09:52Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-14T14:09:52Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/5234
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This research project investigated whether students’ conceptual understanding of algebra was improved with a taught intervention supported by digital pencasts. The motivation for this project was inspired by observing students’ difficulties when learning algebra in the author’s own classroom. Digital pencasts were used as a support tool throughout this investigation. Digital pencasting is the process of viewing web-based hand written notes with accompanying audio. The teaching intervention focused on the elements of Niemi’s (1996) framework for measuring conceptual understanding within the two separate groups; an adult education group and a transition year group. A statistically significant improvement was observed in the transition years’ conceptual understanding of algebra whereas there was no statistically significant improvement observable in the adult education group. The completion of this project unveiled the dearth of research currently available on digital pencasting. This project contributes to the literature already available on digital pencasting and may also be of benefit for practitioners by providing teachers with a new technology tool which students can use as an additional resource. A further contribution is the design of a teaching intervention which complements the aims of Project Maths that has the potential to enhance students’ conceptual understanding of algebra. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject algebra en_US
dc.subject blended learning en_US
dc.subject post-primary students en_US
dc.subject mathematics en_US
dc.title A blended learning teaching approach aimed at improving post-primary students’ conceptual understanding of mathematics – a focus on algebra supported by digital pencasts en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor NCE-MSTL / EPI-STEM en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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