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Transforming learning with computers: Calculus for kids


Fluck, AE and Ranmuthugala, SD and Chin, CKH and Penesis, I and Chong, J and Yang and Ghous, A, Transforming learning with computers: Calculus for kids, Education and Information Technologies ISSN 1360-2357 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10639-020-10136-0


The Calculus for Kids project was deliberately designed to use computers in the transformation of curriculum. The intervention used multi-media learning materials to assist teachers and Year 6 (aged 11–12 years) students understand the principles of integral calculus. They used Maple mathematics software to solve real-world problems using these principles and by employing conventional mathematics notation on their individual computers. Between June 2010 and April 2016, it was implemented in 23 classes at 19 schools involving 434 students. Two methods were used to calculate effect sizes of 22.19 (pre-test/post-test Cohen’s d) and 1.17 (age-maturation). Positive gains were also found in students’ attitudes, particularly in Technology confidence. This article discusses methods for calculating effect sizes for transformational education with computers and recommends further research in the field.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:transformation of learning, primary education, integral calculus, computer-based assessment, learner attitudes/perceptions, effect size of innovations
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Educational technology and computing
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teaching and instruction technologies
UTAS Author:Fluck, AE (Associate Professor Andrew Fluck)
UTAS Author:Ranmuthugala, SD (Professor Dev Ranmuthugala)
UTAS Author:Chin, CKH (Dr Chris Chin)
UTAS Author:Penesis, I (Professor Irene Penesis)
UTAS Author:Chong, J (Ms Jacky Chong)
UTAS Author:Yang, Yang (Dr Yang Yang)
ID Code:137718
Year Published:2020
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LP130101088)
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2020-02-28
Last Modified:2020-06-10

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