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Calculus in elementary school: an example of ICT-based curriculum transformation


Fluck, A and Ranmuthugala, D and Chin, C and Penesis, I, Calculus in elementary school: an example of ICT-based curriculum transformation, Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 31, (2) pp. 23. ISSN 0731-9258 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Integral calculus is generally regarded as a fundamental but advanced aspect of mathematics, and it is not generally studied until students are aged about fifteen or older. Understanding the transformative potential of information and communication technology, this project undertook an investigation in four Australian schools to train pupils aged ten to twelve years how to solve problems using integral calculus with computer algebra system software. After eleven lessons the students completed a test constructed from items at the level of a first year engineering degree calculus examination. The average achievement was at the credit level, and students showed good understanding of the applications of integral calculus. This leads to a discussion about new ways of understanding curriculum in the light of new technology.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:calculus, primary, information technology, IT
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teaching and instruction technologies
UTAS Author:Fluck, A (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)
ID Code:75678
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2012-02-09
Last Modified:2017-11-13

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