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Mathematics in Education, Research and Applications (MERAA), 2021(7), 1

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Published online 2020-09-30

Outcomes of distance education in Mathematics at secondary technical school: a case study

Dana Országhová, Dana Žiaková
Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Slovak Republic; Secondary Technical School of Civil Engineering in Žilina, Žilina, Slovak Republic

Article Fulltext (PDF), pp. 25–32

Education at secondary vocational schools has an important role in preparing graduates to perform professional activities in practice. These schools provide a complete secondary education, and Mathematics is also a part of the study plan. In this paper, we focused on the success of students in solving selected types of mathematical problems during the school year 2020/2021, when the study process at secondary schools was carried out in a distance form. The main goal was to evaluate the mathematical knowledge of the secondary school students through a set of selected tasks. The research sample consisted of 21 students of the 3rd year of the secondary technical school with a focus on civil engineering study program, for which we analyzed tasks of online tests in the first and second half of the school year. Using methods of mathematical statistics, we compared and evaluated the success of students in solving problems that were part of the tests from the mathematics curriculum. The results show that students have mastered the necessary electronic tools and methods of distance learning in acquiring mathematical knowledge.

Keywords: mathematics education, secondary technical school, sequences, combinatorics, probability, Wilcoxon signed-rank test
JEL Classification: D40, C50, M10