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ERIC Number: EJ964758
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1382-3892
A Framework for Monitoring Progress and Planning Teaching towards the Effective Use of Computer Algebra Systems
Pierce, Robyn; Stacey, Kaye
International Journal of Computers for Mathematical Learning, v9 n1 p59-93 Oct 2004
This article suggests a framework to organise a cluster of variables that are associated with students' effective use of computer algebra systems (CAS) in mathematics learning. Based on a review of the literature and from the authors' own teaching experience, the framework identifies the main characteristics of students' interactions with CAS technology and how these may be used to monitor students' developing use of CAS; from this, the framework may be used to plan teaching in order to gain greater benefit from the availability of CAS. Four case studies describing students' development over a semester are reported. These demonstrate a variety of combinations of technical competencies and personal attributes. They indicate the importance of both the technical and personal aspects but suggest that negative attitudes rather than technical difficulties can limit the effective use of CAS. Finally practical suggestions are given for teaching strategies which may promote effective use of CAS.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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