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ERIC Number: EJ793923
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1326-0286
If It Is Broken, How Can You Fix It?
Clark, Garry
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v11 n2 p18-22 2006
Calculators can be used in primary schools in a number of situations. They are most beneficial when working with large numbers, dealing with real data that leads to complex calculations, performing repetitive calculations, developing concepts, estimating and checking, problem solving, and looking for patterns and/or relationships. But what if the calculator is broken? This article describes the mathematics that children learned and a teacher's awareness of children's mathematical understanding, when a "broken calculator" activity was undertaken regularly over two terms. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT). GPO Box 1729, Adelaide 5001, South Australia. Tel: +61-8-8363-0288; Fax: +61-8-8362-9288; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Primary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A