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Calculators and the mathematics curriculum

Kissane, B. and Kemp, M. (2012) Calculators and the mathematics curriculum. In: 17th Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics, 16 - 20 December 2012, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Bangkok

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Developers of mathematics curricula make choices regarding the kinds of technology that are to be used by students, which in turn influences the work of both students and teachers to learn and teach mathematics. This paper analyses the potential relationships between calculators and the mathematics curriculum, drawing implications for what can be learned through student access to different levels of calculators. Three different levels of calculators are considered in detail in the paper: scientific calculators, advanced scientific calculators and graphics calculators. Significant consequences of these choices are described and exemplified through a consideration of a number of mathematical topics that are commonly taught in many curricula in Asian countries.

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