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Innovating with Calculus for Kids


Fluck, AE and Ranmuthugala, D and Chin, C and Penesis, I and Chong, J, Innovating with Calculus for Kids, Australian Council for Computers in Education 2016 Conference Refereed Proceedings, 29 September - 2 October 2016, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 58-63. ISBN 978-0-9581188-2-8 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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‘Calculus for Kids’ is a bold demonstration project which illustrates practical ways school curricula can be transformed with computers. Starting in 2010, the project has spread across Australia It uses an innovative mix of multimedia and powerful mathematics software to teach Year 6 (age 11) students how to solve problems with integral calculus. Data were collected from 18 schools in five states and 234 students to show these students can master the techniques as early as age 10. By using a computer they were able to demonstrate learning achievement at first year university level, providing an impact factor of 6+ (when 0.3 is regarded as effective). The paper concludes by extrapolating what school curricula might become if this extension of human potential were replicated in other subject areas.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Calculus for Kids, schools, computers
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Educational technology and computing
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Fluck, AE (Associate Professor Andrew Fluck)
UTAS Author:Ranmuthugala, D (Professor Dev Ranmuthugala)
UTAS Author:Chin, C (Dr Chris Chin)
UTAS Author:Penesis, I (Professor Irene Penesis)
UTAS Author:Chong, J (Ms Jacky Chong)
ID Code:111669
Year Published:2016
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LP130101088)
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2016-09-28
Last Modified:2017-12-09

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