Reform of Education Essay

1717 Words Jun 4th, 2016 7 Pages
BROAD TOPIC: REFORM OF EDUCATION
NARROWED TOPIC: REFORMING SECONDARY MATHEMATICS EDUCATION IN ST. LUCIA THROUGH THE USE OF ICTs

Saint Lucia is part of a group of islands which form the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). The current trends of the island show an increase in adults who are dependent on the ministry and their parents, as well as an increased hardship on the younger members of society. In order to achieve economic growth and national development, a highly skilled and efficient workforce is needed. Improved performance in mathematics at the primary and secondary levels is necessary for a growing workforce that is becoming more mathematically based. Boaler (2009) states, “Mathematics is now so critical to
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The use of ICTs can also bring mathematics to life for students through the use of interactive mathematics software like NCTM, graphics and real life examples that students can see and hear therefore catering for different types of learners (The Mathematical Association, 2002). Lastly, the use of ICTs in mathematics can increase the pace at which students are taught content ensuring that the syllabus is completed within its required time frame as well as lessons run smoothly and students learn. A cognitive role that ICTs play in teaching mathematics is that students not only learn the content and skills required but they also develop thinking skills through appropriate ICTs which is important as developing adults. Also, through real world visualizations, students are better able to make connections to prior math knowledge as well as relate new knowledge to experiences in their lives.
Together with the reasons ICTs should be used are the benefits of using ICTs in teaching mathematics to teachers and students. ICTs in mathematics benefit teachers as there is greater flexibility for them, which increases the amount of work that can be done. Flexibility as in what time or where students complete work given. Students may be able to do quizzes and get assignments online through the use of online programs. Another benefit is that teachers gain ICT literacy skills which makes them more

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