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Calculus for Kids


Fluck, A and Chin, CKH and Ranmuthugala, D and Penesis, I, Calculus for Kids, Conference Proceedings of the Australian Computers in Education Conference 2014, 30 September - 3 October 2014, Adelaide, South Australia, pp. 143-150. ISBN 978-0-646-92095-5 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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The ‘Calculus for Kids’ project builds on ‘Calculus in Primary’ which was conducted with final year primary school and first year secondary school students aged between 10-12 years old in four Australian states. Classroom teachers were trained to provide instruction in the use of MAPLE mathematics software. They taught their students in 1:1 laptop classrooms (and one computer laboratory) to use MAPLE to solve real-world problems using integral calculus. After eleven lessons, the students took a version of the first year engineering degree calculus examination, where they gained an average Distinction grade. The project was significant because it showed very young students could achieve at much higher levels when using computer technology. The resulting discussion can examine the ethics of withholding such support in mainstream classrooms and what we mean by ‘knowing calculus’. Both questions are reviewed in this presentation. ‘Calculus for Kids’ was designed to extend the project to include lessons in which similarlyaged students devise mathematical models to describe real-world activities. With funding from the Australian Research Council (linkage project LP130101088) the project has been extended to more states and schools over a longer term of engagement.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Calculus, primary school, MAPLE software
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, A (Associate Professor Andrew Fluck)
UTAS Author:Chin, CKH (Dr Chris Chin)
UTAS Author:Ranmuthugala, D (Professor Dev Ranmuthugala)
UTAS Author:Penesis, I (Professor Irene Penesis)
ID Code:95905
Year Published:2014
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LP130101088)
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-10-10
Last Modified:2018-03-18
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