NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ874175
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1744-2710
Efficient Use of Graphics Calculators in High School Calculus
Forster, Patricia A.
International Journal for Technology in Mathematics Education, v11 n1 p13-24 2004
This paper provides a pragmatic view of efficient use of graphics calculators. Efficiency is described in terms of quick and easy calculation, as debated and evidenced in a Year 12 calculus class. Students' methods of calculation are analysed in terms of the algebraic understanding and technical skills that underpinned them. Patterns in students' selection of methods from the available possibilities and the social promotion of methods are described. I argue that students showed critical attitudes towards quickness in calculation, that some were innovative and performed advanced algebra in their pursuit of quickness, and I identify implications of the students' actions for teaching and learning. (Contains 12 figures.)
Research Information Ltd. Grenville Court, Britwell Road, Burnham, Buckinghamshire, SL1 8DF, UK. Tel: +44-1628-600499; Fax: +44-1628-600488; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 12; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia