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ERIC Number: EJ881590
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0731-9258
Does Type Matter: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Four-Function and Graphing Calculators
Bouck, Emily
Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, v29 n1 p5-17 Feb 2010
Calculators are a controversial, yet widely used tool in mathematics education for all students and especially for students with disabilities. However, little research has explored calculators and students with disabilities. This paper explored the influence of calculator type (four-function and graphing) on the mathematical performance of eighth-grade students with and without disabilities through a pretest-posttest design. In the split plot analysis, a significant main effect for condition (four-function vs. graphing calculator) was not found, suggesting that type of calculator did not impact student performance. Student self-reported survey responses regarding use and perception of calculators are also analyzed and reported; few statistically significant differences were found in the survey results between students with and without disabilities. (Contains 3 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 8
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Language: English
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