ERIC Number: EJ1081561
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
The Graphing Calculator as an Aid to Teaching Algebra
Horton, Robert M.; Storm, Judy; Leonard, William H.
Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE Journal), v4 n2 p152-162 2004
Graphing calculators have been used in the mathematics classroom for speed, to leap hurdles, to make connections among representations, and to permit realism through the use of authentic data. In this study, a graphing calculator tutorial provided on the Casio FX1.0 and FX2.0 PLUS models was found to serve a fifth purpose, improving manipulative skills. Specifically, after using the tutorial, students in a beginning college algebra course scored significantly higher on a test on solving linear equations. Results concerning a change in attitudes were tentative, although they suggest that the tutorial also may contribute to improved attitudes.
Descriptors: Graphing Calculators, Mathematics Instruction, Algebra, Tutorial Programs, College Mathematics, Introductory Courses, College Students, Scores, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Tests, Equations (Mathematics), Attitude Change, Mathematics Skills, Student Improvement, Pretests Posttests, Educational Benefits, Statistical Analysis, Interviews, Likert Scales, Questionnaires
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Fennema Sherman Mathematics Attitudes Scales