CONTEMPORARY EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY
e-ISSN: 1309-517X
Enhancing mathematics education in the UAE: Elementary teachers’ views on distance education methods

Adeeb M. Jarrah 1, Kamar Fayez 2, Hanan Almarashdi 3 * , Patricia Fidalgo 1

CONT ED TECHNOLOGY, Volume 16, Issue 3, Article No: ep516

https://doi.org/10.30935/cedtech/14714

Submitted: 16 February 2024, Published Online: 11 June 2024

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about an unprecedented reliance on digital technologies in education, regardless of the pre-existing attitude of teachers. This study explores elementary school teachers’ perceptions about teaching mathematics through distance education. Using a quantitative approach, an online questionnaire was administered to primary teachers in the UAE during the spring semester of 2020-2021. The results show teachers’ readiness to adopt digital technology in teaching against increased workload. Difficulties emerged in optimizing student performance in online environments. While the institution supports digital integration, teachers prefer traditional in-person classroom instruction. Therefore, the research would inform some educational systems and curriculum planning worldwide on the best way to integrate digital technology within elementary mathematics education. The study aims to close the gap in mathematics education within a digital context to solve the emerging educational demands.

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