Investigation of attitudes of middle grade students towards use of technology in mathematics lessons

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Approval Date: 2015

Thesis Language: English

Student: Emine Aytekin



The initial aim of the study is to develop a valid and reliable scale in order to measure attitudes of middle school students towards the use of technology in mathematics lessons and then, to examine elementary students’ attitudes towards the use of technology in mathematics lesson. Moreover, the current study is sought to explore whether these attitudes of elementary students towards the use of technology in mathematics lesson differs by gender and grade level, respectively. Data was collected in the spring term of 2014-2015 academic year from 571 middle grade students. Those students are from five private and one public school in Çankaya in Ankara and all participating schools use various technological tools in mathematics lessons. As data collection instrument, Technology Usage in Mathematics Lessons Attitude (TMLA) Scale was administrated. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis results revealed that TMLA Scale is valid and reliable instrument to measure attitudes towards use of technology in mathematics lessons. Based on results of descriptive analysis, middle grade students have moderately high attitudes towards use of technology. Moreover, independent sample t-test results indicated that female students possess significantly higher higher attitudes towards technology use in mathematics lessons when compared with male. Lastly, according to one-way ANOVA results, middle grade school students’ attitudes towards technology usage in math lessons did not alter across grade level.