The 21st century learning skills such as creativity, innovation, critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, collaboration, and global awareness (Duran, Yaussy, D., Yaussy, L., 2011) are imperative attributes students need to succeed in a 21st century competitive global economy. This action research study explores if problem-solving is enhanced by the utilization of technology in mathematics classrooms. The study revealed that teachers perceive that students’ problem-solving skills are enhanced with the utilization of technology, assuming the technology is provided with the appropriate infrastructure, and that funding is set aside for: maintenance, hardware and software upgrades, and the necessary technology support staff to assure the upkeep of the equipment. In addition to teachers having to be equipped with sufficient technology, the study further revealed that before the true pedagogical possibilities of technology can be realized in the mathematics classroom, they must train and be supported in its use, and thoroughly able to apply technology for purposes such as problem-solving.
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|Advisor:||Neigel, Keith A., Ciccone, Joseph|
|School:||College of Saint Elizabeth|
|School Location:||United States -- New Jersey|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Mathematics education|
|Keywords:||21st century learning skills, Mathematics, Problem-solving, Problem-solving skills, Technology|
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