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Maple Helps Teach Calculus to 11-Year Old Students

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Chin, CKH and Fluck, A and Penesis, I and Ranmuthugala, SD, Maple Helps Teach Calculus to 11-Year Old Students, Maplesoft User Case Studies, Maplesoft, www.maplesoft.com (2012) [Media Interview]


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Abstract

For years, educators have been debating that use of technology in the classroom could radically change not just how we teach our children, but what we teach them, and when. The University of Tasmania in Australia set out to prove it. Because of their commitment to embracing the Digital Education Revolution, and to showcasing how big a transformation the use of computers can make in studentsí learning, the University decided to take on the challenge of teaching integral calculus to 11-year-olds. While this age group is traditionally considered far too young for this topic, which is usually introduced at age 17 at the very earliest, the University wanted to see if computer software would make a difference in their learning. If students become comfortable with this complex topic at a young age, perhaps learning could become easier and more of them will gravitate to the scientific and technical fields as they get older.

The researchers used Maple as the software of choice for this project. They used Maple to teach fifth graders the Calculus curriculum used in the first year engineering program in Australian universities. The project team trained five classroom teachers who then worked with their students for two hours a week for six weeks. During this time, the students were introduced to a series of real-world problems and mathematical concepts, and learned how to solve these problems in Maple. Students used Maple to set up the solutions to word problems, calculate results, and graph functions.

Item Details

Item Type:Media Interview
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime Engineering
Research Field:Maritime Engineering not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Curriculum
Objective Field:Curriculum not elsewhere classified
Author:Chin, CKH (Dr Chris Chin)
Author:Fluck, A (Dr Andrew Fluck)
Author:Penesis, I (Associate Professor Irene Penesis)
Author:Ranmuthugala, SD (Professor Dev Ranmuthugala)
ID Code:79368
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2012-09-06
Last Modified:2013-09-04
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