id: 06514417
dt: j
an: 2016a.01025
au: Jarvis, Daniel H.; Lavicza, Zsolt; Buteau, Chantal
ti: Systemic shifts in instructional technology: findings of a comparative case
study of two university mathematics departments.
so: Int. J. Technol. Math. Educ. 21, No. 4, 117-142 (2014).
py: 2014
pu: Research Information Ltd, Burnham, Bucks
la: EN
cc: U75 U55
ut: instructional technology; use of technology; teaching methods; curriculum;
undergraduate study
ci:
li: http://www.tech.plym.ac.uk/Research/mathematics_education/field%20of%20work/IJTME/volume_21/number_four.html#one
ab: Summary: This paper reports on the findings of an international case study
in which researchers examined two mathematics departments (Canada/UK)
in which the sustained use of technology was strategically established
in a mathematics degree program. This case study forms part of a larger
research initiative which involved an extensive literature review [{\it
N. Marshall} et al., “Do mathematicians integrate computer algebra
systems in university teaching? Comparing a literature review to an
international survey study”, Comput. Educ. (Exeter) 58, No. 1,
423‒434 (2012; \url{doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2011.08.020})] and a
national survey of Canadian Mathematicians [{\it C. Buteau}, {\it D. H.
Jarvis} and {\it Z. Lavicza} [“On the integration of computer algebra
systems (CAS) by Canadian mathematicians: results of a national
survey”, Can. J. Sci. Math. Technol. Educ. 14, No. 1, 35‒57 (2014;
\url{doi:10.1080/14926156.2014.874614})]. Findings from the case study
indicate that sustained implementation at the departmental level
requires a unique combination of key factors such as: a dedicated core
group led by a committed advocate in a position of influence/power; a
strong and shared incentive for change; strategic hiring processes; an
administration which supports creative pedagogical reform and
well-considered risk-taking; and, a continuous and determined
revisiting of the original vision and purpose. Significant challenges
to implementation and sustained program development, with specific
examples, are also discussed.
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