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An innovative approach using ICT to teach calculus in primary schools


Penesis, I and Chin, C and Ranmuthugala, D and Fluck, A, An innovative approach using ICT to teach calculus in primary schools, Enhancing Global Engineering and Technology Education: Meeting the Future - Proceedings of the 2013 International Engineering and Technology Education Conference, 3-6 November 2013, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, pp. 1-11. ISBN 978-0-646-59658-7 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Purpose: The uptake of mathematics in schools is falling, partially due to the learning techniques employed by teachers. This project investigated the possibility of introducing the concept of calculus and its capabilities to students aged 10 to 12 years using computer based algebra system software.

Methodology: Teachers from five schools were brought to the university for a day of training in the use of computer algebra software MAPLE. They returned to their classes in four Australian states to deliver a sequence of 11 lessons where students had individual computer access. At the end of the program, the students attempted a test based on first year engineering degree calculus examinations.

Important findings: The findings of this study showed that properly structured learning programmes utilising appropriate technology can impart high level knowledge and skills to students and provide them with a good understanding of the applications, thus motivating them to engage in such studies. Females also demonstrated better skills at solving real world problems contrary to published data.

Conclusions: Curriculum designers and school communities should consider providing access to more advanced mathematics instruction than previously available, using the affordances of new technology.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:integral calculus, ICT, nathematics, primary schools
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Maritime engineering not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teaching and instruction technologies
UTAS Author:Penesis, I (Professor Irene Penesis)
UTAS Author:Chin, C (Dr Chris Chin)
UTAS Author:Ranmuthugala, D (Professor Dev Ranmuthugala)
UTAS Author:Fluck, A (Associate Professor Andrew Fluck)
ID Code:87230
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2013-11-11
Last Modified:2017-11-20
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