The effect of graphing calculator use on student achievement in advanced placement calculus
Thomas Brady, Bridgewater State College, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The emerging technology that is available to teachers is rapidly changing.Especially important to the teachers of mathematics are changes in the capabilities of graphing calculators.This work explores the impact of enthusiasm for, and integration of, the calculator into classrooms on student achievement.The classrooms in this study are 19 AP Calculus AB classes across Connecticut.Teachers were given a questionnaire and students were given an instrument to evaluate their achievement on both calculator and non-calculator based questions.The findings of this study include observed differences on calculator and/or non-calculator portions of the instrument based on many different factors including type of calculator used, teacher enthusiasm for the graphing calculator and teachers' integration decisions.This study reports the typical topics teachers are using the graphing calculators for, as well as the types of calculator skills teachers are instructing their students about.
Brady, T. (2008). The effect of graphing calculator use on student achievement in advanced placement calculus. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 4413-4420). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).