ERIC Number: EJ923049
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
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Affect and Graphing Calculator Use
McCulloch, Allison W.
Journal of Mathematical Behavior, v30 n2 p166-179 Jun 2011
This article reports on a qualitative study of six high school calculus students designed to build an understanding about the affect associated with graphing calculator use in independent situations. DeBellis and Goldin's (2006) framework for affect as a representational system was used as a lens through which to understand the ways in which graphing calculator use impacted students' affective pathways. It was found that using the graphing calculator helped students maintain productive affective pathways for problem solving as long as they were using graphing calculator capabilities for which they had gone through a process of instrumental genesis (Artigue, 2002) with respect to the mathematical task they were working on. Furthermore, graphing calculator use and the affect that is associated with its use may be influenced by the perceived values of others, including parents and teachers (past, present and future).
Descriptors: Graphing Calculators, Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, High School Students, Secondary School Mathematics, Affective Behavior, Problem Solving, Educational Technology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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