The Effects of Using Graphic Calculators in Teaching and Learning of Mathematics
Mohd Tajudin, Nor’ain and Ahmad Tarmizi, Rohani and Wan Ali, Wan Zah and Konting, Mohd Majid (2007) The Effects of Using Graphic Calculators in Teaching and Learning of Mathematics. Malaysian Journal of Mathematical Sciences, 1 (1). pp. 45-61. ISSN 1823-8343
Although graphic calculators have been developed in mathematics education for nearly two decades, research on the technology’s use is not robust. Its use in secondary schools (for example, in Great Britain, France, Sweden, New Zealand, Netherlands, and United States) is not well understood, universally accepted, nor well-documented. In Malaysia, research on the usage of graphic calculators is still in its infancy and therefore its use has yet to be explored. Thus, there is a need to further research in this area especially in the context of teaching and learning of mathematics at secondary school level in Malaysia. This study employs a quasiexperimental with non equivalent control group design. The main objective of the study was to investigate the effects of the use of graphic calculators on Form four secondary school students’ mathematics achievement and metacognitive awareness in the learning area of Relation and Function. Students’ views about their experiences benefits and difficulties experienced in using graphic calculators in learning of mathematics were sought. Preliminary findings of this study provided pedagogical impact of the use of graphic calculators as a tool in teaching and learning of mathematics in Malaysia.
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