Response to Exploring
Secondary Mathematics Teachers' Reasons for Not
Using Computers in Their Teaching: Five Case Studies
This was a very interesting article. The way the research was conducted
of the variance they may have been present in other studies. This was
an upper-level all
girls school, which eliminated some of the common concerns of the use
hindering the student from obtaining some of their basic skills.
The case of Peter came across as almost arrogant. He talked about the
fact that there
was no need for technology because all they needed to learn would come
from him. He
was not very open to even allow the use of technology in the classroom.
What was so
frustrating about this was that he had a great advantage because he was
so fluent with
Another case in the article was about Mary. Unfortunately, I think it
is a common
experience. Mary was open and eager to use technology, but because
there was not any
support from the math department or school she was hesitant about even
technology. It is difficult to change the styles of other teachers so
Mary was limited in
the use of technology.
I think that the technology was available at this school and the
expertise (in Peter’s
case) was available, but that doesn’t mean it is always used.