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Teachers using iPad apps to fashion the pedagogy of primary mathematics: A TPACK perspective


Murphy, C and Calder, N, Teachers using iPad apps to fashion the pedagogy of primary mathematics: A TPACK perspective, Programme of the NZARE Annual Conference and AGM, 20-23 November 2016, Wellington, New Zealand, pp. 96. (2016) [Conference Extract]

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The research presented here is part of a larger project, funded by the Teaching and Learning Research Institute (TLRI), to examine how teachersí use of iPad apps might enhance learning in primary mathematics. Studies have indicated how the affordances of iPads can support student engagement and motivation as well as enabling personalised learning in mathematics. However, few studies have explored the relationship between iPad technology, pedagogy, and student learning.

Across the two years of the project we have worked with twelve teachers, with various experiences in using iPad technology, across the primary age range. The research used an interpretive methodology related to the building of knowledge through collaborative analysis and critical reflection of classroom practice. A key outcome of the project was to co-construct, with the teachers, a framework based on the technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) continuum (Koehler & Mishra, 2006), with the aim to support teachers in deciding how to use apps to support their students. Data have been collected through teacher and student interviews and through video material of students working with different apps in their classrooms. Collaborative analysis of extracts of video data have been used to help both teachers and researchers understand how the students interacted with the mathematics through the iPad interface within classroom practice.

Several themes, related to the teachersí use of apps, have been identified, such as mathematical thinking, differentiation, and student collaboration. Initial findings indicate that a teacherís pedagogy is an important factor in determining how apps are used according to these themes. For example, how a teacher uses an app can impact greatly on collaboration and mathematical thinking. Furthermore, we consider how collaborative analysis, based on the TPACK continuum, has provided opportunities for teachers to reflect on their practices in relation to the themes and, hence, fashion their pedagogy and their studentsí learning.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:mathematics, pedagogy, iPad apps, TPACK
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teaching and instruction technologies
UTAS Author:Murphy, C (Dr Carol Murphy)
ID Code:121631
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-10-06
Last Modified:2018-01-23
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