ERIC Number: ED209263
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Mathematics Achievement of Elementary Students Through the Use of Electronic Hand Calculators.
Duffy, John A.; Thompson, Gary E.
The goals of the project were: (1) to develop elementary mathematics instructional materials which incorporate the use of hand calculators; (2) to develop an appropriate teacher training program; (3) to improve students' basic mathematics skills; (4) to improve students' understanding of mathematics concepts and processes; (5) to improve students' attitudes toward mathematics; and (6) to increase teachers' understanding of hand calculators and their use in the instructional program. In the two years of the project, materials were developed and field tested in 90 classrooms, grades 4-6. Two of the nine performance objectives were achieved: the training of pilot and field test teachers. None of the seven performance objectives for students were achieved. However, the criterion level of performance was reached on the tests of module achievement in two modules. Students exhibited gains on the computations subtest of the Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills, but not on the arithmetic concepts and applications subtests. At the end of the project, more than 50 percent of the parents were favorable to the use of calculators in math classrooms. The Columbus Public Schools will continue to make calculators and the instructional materials available to teachers. (Author/BW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Columbus Public Schools, OH. Dept. of Management, Planning and Information.