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ISRN Education
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 345146, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/345146
Research Article

Using Technology in Elementary Mathematics Teacher Education: A Sociocultural Perspective

1State University of New York at Potsdam, Potsdam, NY 13676, USA
2University of Houston Downtown, Houston, TX 77002, USA

Received 31 December 2013; Accepted 21 January 2014; Published 4 March 2014

Academic Editors: B. Marlow and N. R. Riggs

Copyright © 2014 Sergei Abramovich and Michael L. Connell. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

A central tenet of mathematics education reform is the integral role of technology at all grade levels. The current technological changes combined with the changes in the mathematics content and instructional method require elementary mathematics teachers to be able to design technology intensive lessons for exploration and discovery of these concepts through appropriate computer applications. In actual practice, however, most computer applications provided for mathematics education consist of software designed for a specific educational purpose: the solution in a can scenario. Furthermore, economic constraints often stand in the way of incorporating such special purpose software into an instructional setting. In this paper we will discuss an alternative to this traditional approach which shifts the instructional focus specific computer applications to more sophisticated uses of general purpose software. In particular educational uses of spreadsheets will be developed as an exemplar for this approach.