## Mathematics-Computing Interaction

*Yu-mei Wang*

`ymwang@uog.edu`

*Carl Swanson*

College of Education

**University of Guam**

*Steve Lam*

Mathematics Department

Guam Community College

UOG Station - COE

U.S.

### Abstract

When computers are introduced into the mathematics learning environment,
how do mathematics and computers interact with each other? A number of
studies were designed to explore the relationship between these two
factors. The most recent study was conducted by Galbraith and Haines
(2000). Their study, employing a comprehensive survey instrument and
factor analysis, finds that computer-math interaction is more
strongly associated with computer confidence and computer motivation than
with math confidence and math motivation, which suggests that computer
attitudes play a greater role than math attitudes in promoting active
engagement on the part of students. This presentation reports on a study
that replicated the one by Galbraith and Haines using a different sample
population with different ethnic backgrounds.

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