ERIC Number: ED399156
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Statement on the Use of Calculators and Computers for Mathematics in Australian Schools 1996.
Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, Adelaide.
It is not necessary for students to learn about numbers and number operations before effectively using calculators; rather that such understanding and skill follows naturally from appropriate access to technology. Students using calculators and computers demonstrate improved attitudes toward mathematics, increased confidence in their problem solving abilities, are more willing to take risks, and appear more adaptable in the use of technology than their teachers. Also, the more effective lessons involving technology appear to be those in which students work cooperatively rather than individually or competitively. These findings and concerns produced the following five recommendations presented in this statement: (1) all students should have ready access to appropriate technology to support and extend their mathematics learning; (2) priority should be given to the use of calculators and computers as natural media for mathematics; (3) teachers at all levels should be involved in the potential use of technology for mathematics learning; (4) students who use calculators and computer technology in their learning of mathematics should have access to the same technological resources when their understanding of mathematics is being evaluated; and (5) education authorities need to make available to teachers professional development opportunities to support their use of calculator and computer technologies in the classroom. The issues of student learning, teaching practice, equity, assessment, and curriculum are also addressed. (AIM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Calculators, Computer Uses in Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Mathematics Instruction
Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, Inc., GPO Box 1729, Adelaide 5001, South Australia, Australia.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, Adelaide.
Identifiers - Location: Australia