ERIC Number: ED201503
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Analysis of Students' Intuitions About the Operation of Electronic Calculators.
Mayer, Richard E.; Bayman, Piraye
Thirty-three novices and 33 expert calculator users took a test in which they predicted what number would be in the calculator's display after a sequence of button presses (such as 2 + 3 +). Subjects' answers did not depend on the brand of calculator they actually owned. Simple production systems models were fit to the performance of each subject. Subjects differed greatly with respect to when they thought an expression would be evaluated, the order in which a chain of calculations was evaluated, and whether the display would be incremented. (Author)
Descriptors: Calculators, College Mathematics, Educational Research, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Mathematics Education, Merchandise Information, Models, Perception, Prediction, Student Reaction
Technical Report Series in Learning and Cognition, Dept. of Psychology, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 (no price quoted).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Santa Barbara.