ERIC Number: ED232873
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Calculate and Estimate. A Report on the Background and Conduct of a Course Held at the Administrative College of Papua New Guinea, March 7-11, 1983. Numeracy Project.
Administrative Coll. of Papua New Guinea, Boroko.
A course is described which was designed to: (1) teach correct use of the calculator; (2) teach appropriate techniques for solving arithmetic problems using the calculator; and (3) develop number sense in students through teaching of appropriate facts, concepts, and techniques to be carried out mentally without the calculator. (Number sense starts out with some sort of "feel" about the size of a number and extends upwards to include such mental arithmetical skills as estimation.) The course consists of 20 teaching/working units each recorded on one side of a cassette tape. Concepts covered in the units include: introduction to calculator; addition; subtraction; means; multiplication; division; percentages; decimals; and proportion. Teaching strategies and experiences during the 5-day course, results of course and pre/post-tests taken by the 24 participants, students' assessment of the course, and seven minor amendments to the course based on feedback are discussed. It is indicated that the results of the pre/post testing are of little value due to the methodology employed. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Administrative Coll. of Papua New Guinea, Boroko.