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ERIC Number: EJ978811
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0671
Effects of Calculators on Mathematics Achievement and Attitudes of Ninth-Grade Students
Close, Sean; Oldham, Elizabeth; Shiel, Gerry; Dooley, Therese; O'Leary, Michael
Journal of Educational Research, v105 n6 p377-390 2012
Three calculator tests were administered to a national sample of 1,469 Irish students in Grade 9--the last cohort to study mathematics without calculators (Phase 1). Three years later, the same tests were administered to a similar sample with calculators (Phase 2). Scores on a test of calculator-inappropriate items showed no significant change over the 3 years. For a test of calculator optional items, students were divided randomly into 2 groups, 1 with calculator access and the other without. In both phases, the students with calculators achieved significantly better than the students without calculators. Achievement on a test of calculator appropriate items showed significant improvement over the 3 years. Students' attitudes toward calculators also improved over the time. (Contains 6 notes, 11 tables, and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland