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Calculators: Learning, not leaning

Kissane, B. (2015) Calculators: Learning, not leaning. The Australian Mathematics Teacher, 71 (2). pp. 34-35.

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Calculators have been around for about forty years or so now. There are many different species of them. Some are used in offices, some are built into devices, such as cash registers or rulers, some are on phones and some people even have them on their wrists in the form of a watch. There are online calculators, home loan calculators, superannuation calculators and the bank manager will probably pull out a financial calculator if you enquire about a loan or an investment. There is an almost uncountable number of calculator apps available for high-tech devices like tablets and smartphones. What these calculators have in common is that they calculate answers to numerical questions. That's why they call them calculators, and it's also probably why so many people only think about them in only one way...

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers
Copyright: 2015 AAMT
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Other Information: In: 25th Biennial Conference of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers: Mathematics: Learn, Lead, Link, 6 - 8 July 2015, Adelaide, South Australia
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