ERIC Number: ED446987
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
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The Relationship between Graphing Calculator Use and Teachers' Beliefs about Learning Algebra.
Yoder, Arnita J.
The purpose of this study was to determine teachers' views of learning algebra and to investigate if any relationship exists between their views of learning algebra and the ways that they use graphing calculators in their algebra classes. The 48 algebra teachers who participated in the study were from Allen, Putnam, and Van Wert counties in northwest Ohio. The participants completed a survey which included both background questions and four-point Likert-scale statements concerning graphing calculator use and views of learning algebra. When calculator use was examined in regard to the teachers' views of learning algebra and also to the teachers' background characteristics, workshop attendance was found to be an important factor in determining how the teachers use calculators. The results also showed that a majority of the algebra teachers who use calculators in these three counties are currently using the Texas Instruments TI-83/TI-83 Plus calculator and that they are using them at least several times per week for in-class activities, homework, quizzes, and tests. The teachers' views of learning algebra were not found to be a significant factor in calculator use. (Contains 49 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, October 25-28, 2000).