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ERIC Number: EJ874192
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1744-2710
A Study of the Use of a Handheld Computer Algebra System in Discrete Mathematics
Powers, Robert A.; Allison, Dean E.; Grassl, Richard M.
International Journal for Technology in Mathematics Education, v12 n3 p103-114 2005
This study investigated the impact of the TI-92 handheld Computer Algebra System (CAS) on student achievement in a discrete mathematics course. Specifically, the researchers examined the differences between a CAS section and a control section of discrete mathematics on students' in-class examinations. Additionally, they analysed student approaches to test items to determine patterns of problem-solving techniques from each section. The results indicated that although there were no statistically significant differences between the two sections on student scores, effect sizes showed that there were practical differences on the final examination favouring the CAS group. The CAS group also demonstrated a greater variety of problem-solving techniques than did the control group. This study adds to the body of evidence promoting the potential use of a CAS as well as providing a framework for further investigations into its use. (Contains 10 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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