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Digital, adaptive software : the new big thing? : A multilevel study using longitudinal data to investigate the effects of digital adaptive software on mathematics performance in sixth grade

Bruijn, G. R. (2020) Digital, adaptive software : the new big thing? : A multilevel study using longitudinal data to investigate the effects of digital adaptive software on mathematics performance in sixth grade.

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Abstract:This study aimed to measure the effects the software program Snappet has on the mathematics performance of primary school pupils. The software is known for its adaptive approach to learning, facilitating differentiated instruction and a personalised learning path. First, theoretical aspects of Snappet are analysed to show in what way the software is expected to increase performance. To measure the effects of the software, standardised test data from 2016 to 2019 was analysed through multilevel regression analysis. Two groups of 6-th grade pupils were compared. Results showed that the usage of Snappet was not a significant predictor for mathematics performance. Limitations of the study are discussed as well as practical and scientific implications of the study. Recommendations for further research include providing more detailed information about the extent to which the software is implemented and accounting for the differentiated effects previous research found between high- and lower-performing students. The final conclusion is that this software can benefit education in multiple ways, but the effects on the actual mathematics performance seem limited.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:31 mathematics, 80 pedagogy, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/84832
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