Mathematics Education Trends and Research

Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID metr-00017, 6 Pages

doi: 10.5899/2013/metr-00017


Research Article


Study on the Efficiency of Mathematics Distance Education


Abdollah Safavi1 *, Mohsen Rostamy-Malkhalifeh1, Mohammad-Hassan Behzadi1, Ahmad Shahvarani1


1Department of Mathematics, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran


* Corresponding author. Email address: Abdollahsafavi@yahoo.com


Received: 09 June 2013; Accepted: 12 June 2013


Copyright © 2013 Abdollah Safavi, Mohsen Rostamy-Malkhalifeh, Mohammad-Hassan Behzadi and Ahmad Shahvarani. 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

In view of scientific and technological advancements, enthusiasm and need of the people for learning and the phenomenon of urban sprawl in many countries, especially advanced and industrial countries, distance education system has been used for many years as a method of teaching people in different locations and in different times without the student's needing to attend a class. Since it has been only a few years that this type of education has been used in the education system of the vast country of Iran and in view of special structure of mathematics and the importance and sensitiveness of its education, the present study was made to assess the success of students in this system of mathematics education. The statistical population of this research consists of 95 boy students from high schools of Tehran who were chosen by quasi-cluster method. 35 students in distance education system were chosen as experiment group and 60 students in traditional education system were chosen as control group. Using quasi-standard harmonious mathematics test and according to the results of descriptive statistics, Levene tests and independent samples test, this method of mathematics education was not found efficient for high school students of Tehran.


Keywords: Distance education; traditional education system; mathematics education; efficiency; learning.

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