Date of Award


Document Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

Masters of Science (Research)


Institute of Technology Tralee

First Advisor

Helen Fitzgerald


Recent times have seen an explosion in the use of interactive technologies in the delivery of learning content to students in all educational sectors in Ireland. This expansion has led to the creation of modem day phenomenons such as global and ‘teacherless’ classrooms.

The research study I have undertaken is to determine if students perform to the same standard when learning through an interactive educational software application as opposed to a more traditional setting of learning ’through’ a teacher in a classroom. The application being developed for this study enables students to learn the ordinary level leaving certificate mathematics course without the aid or intervention of a teacher or tutor in the traditional mode. The application is designed to help students prepare themselves for the leaving certificate examination at the end of the two year learning cycle and includes tutorials as well as sample exam questions from papers. One of the major advantages of this learning tool is that it corrects students’ attempts at sample exam questions highlighting what errors or problems they encounter.

Through the evaluation of existing research and conducting my own primary research I hope to determine if using educational software or technology in place of the traditional classroom setting affects the performance of pupils.


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