ELECTRONIC TEXTBOOKS FOR LEARNING THE EDUCATIONAL CONTENT IN GEOMETRY AS PART OF THE EDUCATION IN MATHEMATICS FOR GRADES 1 4
Introduction: The modernization of Bulgarian primary school education is directed towards the applied strategies, technologies, approaches, and methods as well as towards the introduction of new information technologies in the educational process in mathematics in primary school.
Object: The object of the present research work is to study certain specific characteristics, opportunities, the field of application and the efficiency of the electronic textbooks and their use by the teachers during the process of learning geometry content in the education of mathematics for Grades 1-4.
Methods: The experimental work includes qualitative and quantitative research of the problems specified in the above paragraph. The following methods were applied: didactical experiment, observation, test, content analysis, mathematical-statistical method for data processing.
Results: The researchers performed observations and analysis of the frequency of use of electronic textbooks by the primary school teachers during geometry classes. Based on the results of the study it was found out that 86% of the teachers use electronic textbooks in their methodology work on a regular basis, 10% of them – from time to time and 4% do not use electronic textbooks at all.
The analysis of the entry and the exit diagnostic determined that all student had an equal level of knowledge at the start of the experiment. However, the results on exit level of the knowledge, the skills and the competencies showed that there is significant difference. The results on the exit level of the students from the experimental class where electronic textbooks have been systematically used are from 26% to 34% higher than the results of the students from the referent class where textbook have not been systematically used.
Conclusion: The use of electronic textbooks for learning geometry content during mathematics classes in primary school must be scientifically grounded and precise. The introduction of the electronic textbooks into the educational process helps to put the students in an active cognitive position and motivates them for work during mathematics classes.
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