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The effects of designing webquests on the motivation of pre-service elementary school teachers. (English)
Int. J. Math. Educ. Sci. Technol. 39, No. 6, 793-802 (2008).
Summary: The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of webquest-based applications on the pre-service elementary school teachers’ motivation in mathematics. There were a total of 202 pre-service elementary school teachers, 125 in a treatment group and 77 in a control group. The researcher used a Likert-type questionnaire consisting of 34 negative and positive statements. This questionnaire was designed to evaluate a situational measure of the pre-service teachers’ motivation. This questionnaire was used as pre- and post-tests in the study that took place in two semesters. It was administered to the participants by the researcher before and after the instruction during a single class period. The paired-samples $t$-test, the independent-samples $t$-test and analysis of covariance with $α=0.05$ were used to analyse the quantitative data. The study showed that there was a statistically significant difference found in participants’ motivation between treatment and control groups favouring the treatment group. In other words, the participants who designed the webquest-based applications indicated positive attitudes towards mathematics course than the others who did the regular course work.
Classification: C29 D39 U59 R59
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