ERIC Number: ED137120
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jul
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of Elementary School Mathematics Programs Utilizing the Mini-Calculator.
Campbell, Patricia; Virgin, A. E.
The purpose of this study was to compare the achievement, attitudes, and teaching/learning experiences in mathematics programs of two groups of elementary-school students in grades 5 and 6. Approximately 150 students in each of two elementary schools were given as a pretest a standardized mathematics achievement test and a questionnaire regarding attitudes toward mathematics and the use of calculators in the mathematics program. Then, for a seven-month period, students in one school had calculators available in their classrooms for checking their work, while at the second school no calculators were permitted. At the end of this time, the standardized test and the attitude questionnaire were given as posttests. Results on the achievement test showed that for the computation subtest, there were no significant differences in the gain scores between the two schools. On both the mathematics concepts and the problem-solving subtests, however, fifth graders in the experimental group scored significantly higher than fifth graders in the comparison group. Results on each of the questions on the attitude questionnaire are reported in percentages. An appendix includes a copy of the questionnaire. (DT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ontario Dept. of Education, Toronto.
Authoring Institution: North York Board of Education, Willowdale (Ontario).
Note: For related document, see SE 022 353