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Technology in mathematics

Overview

  • Influence: Technology in mathematics
  • Domain: Technology, School, and Out-of-School Strategies
  • Sub-Domain: Technology
  • Potential to Accelerate Student Achievement: Likely to have positive impact
  • Influence Definition: The use of various computer technologies in the teaching of mathematics.

Evidence

  • Number of meta-analyses: 19
  • Number of studies: 911
  • Number of students: 242,129
  • Number of effects: 1,921
  • Effect size: 0.35

Meta-Analyses

Meta-Analyses
Journal Title Author First Author's Country Article Name Year Published Variable Number of Studies Number of Students Number of Effects Effect Size
Educational Technology Burns & Bozeman USA Computer-assisted instruction and mathematics achievement: Is there a relationship? 1981 ICT in mathematics 40 0 40 0.40
Unpublished Thesis Leong Meta-analysis of research on the adjunctive use of computers in secondary mathematics 1981 ICT in high school math 22 0 106 0.08
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis Athappilly, Smidchens, & Kofel USA A computer-based meta-analysis of the effects of modern mathematics in comparison with traditional mathematics 1983 ICT on Modern math vs. traditional math 134 0 810 0.10
Unpublished Dissertation Mitchell Educational Technology and Academic Achievement Among At-Risk Students. 1987 ICT in mathematics 12 0 16 0.24
Unpublished Thesis Kuchler USA Effects of Computer-Based Teaching on Learners. 1989 ICT to teach high school math 65 0 65 0.44
Unpublished Thesis Gordon USA A quantitative analysis of the relationship between computer graphics and mathematics achievement and problem-solving 1991 Computer graphics and math and problem solving 84 0 83 0.26
Unpublished Thesis Chen USA A meta-analysis of effectiveness of computer-based instruction in mathematics 1994 Computer based in math 76 0 98 0.47
Unpublished Thesis King USA Effects of computer-enhanced instruction in college-level mathematics as determined by a meta-analysis 1997 ICT college math 30 0 68 0.20
Unpublished Thesis Chadwick USA Computer-assisted instruction in secondary mathematics classrooms: a meta-analysis 1997 ICT in high school math 41 8,170 41 0.51
Unpublished Thesis Hsu USA The effectiveness of computer-assisted instruction in statistics education: a meta-analysis 2003 ICT in statistics 25 0 31 0.43
Unpublished Thesis Schenker USA The effectiveness of technology use in statistics instruction in higher education: A meta-analysis using hierarchical linear modeling. 2007 ICT in statistics 46 0 117 0.24
Slavin & Lake Effective Programs in Elementary Mathematics: A Best-Evidence Synthesis 2007 ICT 43 43,097 43 0.21
Unpublished Thesis Tokpah USA The effects of computer algebra systems on students' achievement in mathematics 2008 ICT in algebra on achievement 31 7,342 102 0.38
Educational Psychology Review Li & Ma USA A Meta-Analysis of the Effects of Computer Technology on School Students' Mathematics Learning 2010 Computer technology on math 46 36,793 85 0.28
AERA Conference Xie, Cheung, & Lau China The effects of computer-assisted instruction on mathematics achievement in China: A meta-analysis.  2018 ICT in mathematics 33 13,171 33 0.35
Educational Sciences: Theory & Practice Demir & Basol Turkey Effectiveness of Computer-Assisted Mathematics Education (CAME) over Academic Achievement: A Meta-Analysis Study. 2014 ICT on math 40 5,623 40 0.90
Educational Research Review Cheung & Slavin Hong Kong The effectiveness of educational technology applications for enhancing mathematics achievement in K-12 classrooms: A meta-analysis. 2013 ICT on math 74 113,772 74 0.15
Review of Educational Research Sosa, Berger, Saw & Mary Effectiveness of Computer-Assisted Instruction in Statistics A Meta-Analysis 2011 ICT in statistics 45 9,639 45 0.33
Journal of Educational Computing Research Higgins, Huscroft-D'Angelo, & Crawford UK Effects of technology in mathematics on achievement, motivation, and attitude: A meta-analysis. 2019 Technology in math 24 4,522 24 0.68
TOTAL/AVERAGE 911 242,129 1,921 0.35

Confidence

The Confidence is the average of these four measures, each divided into five approximately equal groups and assigned a value from 1 to 5 based on the following criteria:

  • Number of Meta-analyses
    • 1 = 1
    • 2 = 2–3
    • 3 = 4–6
    • 4 = 7–9
    • 5 = 10+
  • Number of Studies
    • 1 = 1–10
    • 2 = 11–50
    • 3 = 51–200
    • 4 = 201–400
    • 5 = 400+
  • Number of Students
    • 1 = 1–2,500
    • 2 = 2,501–10,000
    • 3 = 10,000–20,000
    • 4 = 20,000–100,000
    • 5 = 100,001+
  • Number of Effects
    • 1 = 1–100
    • 2 = 101–300
    • 3 = 301–600
    • 4 = 601–1,200
    • 5 = 1,200+
Confidences
Number of Meta-Analyses Number of Studies Number of Students Number of Effects Overall Confidence
Confidence Factor 5 5 5 5 5
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