Impact of Educational Software on Teaching Mathematics (Case Study of Application of Zambak Interactive Form)

Ahmet CAKIR

Abstract


This article presents the results of a quantitative and qualitative research on the attitudes of students and beliefs of teachers about educational software prepared for mathematics lessons. It will be helpful for high school mathematics teachers as well as for researchers in the field of teaching mathematics. The aim of the article is to investigate the beliefs and attitudes of high school students and mathematics teachers about some educational software, including “Zambak Interactive Form” that is prepared for mathematics lessons. In the article, the following questions are answered: “What are the criteria for selecting or preparing an educational software for mathematics lessons?”, “How are the attitudes of high school students about the educational software for mathematics lesson?” and “What are the beliefs and attitudes of mathematics teachers about the educational software and Zambak Interactive Form?” For the research part of the article, two questionnaires were developed by the researcher; one for high school students and another for mathematics teachers from 9 countries. Student’s questionnaire searches the attitudes of students towards educational software. Teacher’s questionnaire searches the beliefs of mathematics teachers about educational devices and software. It was found that the use of appropriate software and technological devices in education have a positive effect on the attitude of students in mathematics lessons. The administrators need to support their teachers to find or prepare effective software for their schools. Also, majority of the teachers are aware of the importance of using appropriate educational software.

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