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Higher order thinking through Calculus for Kids


Chin, CKH and Fluck, AE and Chong, J and Penesis, I and Ranmuthugala, D and Coleman, B, Higher order thinking through Calculus for Kids, Australian Council for Computers in Education 2016 Conference Refereed Proceedings, 29 September - 2 October 2016, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 31-38. ISBN 978-0-9581188-2-8 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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The Calculus for Kids project has run over four years in five Australian states with 227 students in 18 schools. Participating students were 10-12 years old and studied integral calculus using computer algebra software (MAPLE). Their success in a post-test shows levels of achievement comparable to first year university engineering students. The project demonstrates how purposeful computer use can engender higher order thinking and provides exemplary evidence for systematic curriculum re-design in an era of ubiquitous information technology. The results in this report showed the learning outcomes were independent of student gender but responses to application questions were related to school rurality (based on ICSEA value). This makes the approach more attractive for general adoption and strengthens the argument for considering parallel developments in other topic areas.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:calculus, integral calculus, higher order thinking, MAPLE, primary school students
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Maritime engineering not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Chin, CKH (Dr Chris Chin)
UTAS Author:Fluck, AE (Associate Professor Andrew Fluck)
UTAS Author:Chong, J (Ms Jacky Chong)
UTAS Author:Penesis, I (Professor Irene Penesis)
UTAS Author:Ranmuthugala, D (Professor Dev Ranmuthugala)
UTAS Author:Coleman, B (Dr Bianca Coleman)
ID Code:111680
Year Published:2016
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LP130101088)
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2016-09-29
Last Modified:2018-04-05
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