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Designing and implementing scientific calculator tasks and activities

Kissane, B. (2018) Designing and implementing scientific calculator tasks and activities. In: Toh, P.C. and Chua, B.L., (eds.) Mathematics Instruction: Goals, Tasks and Activities. World Scientific, pp. 87-113.

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Although officially approved for use in the Singapore secondary curriculum, including examinations, scientific calculators are still often misunderstood as devices solely for arithmetic computation and even at times regarded as unhelpful for students learning mathematics. Yet the development of calculators in recent decades has been focused on their use as educational devices, and the design of calculators has been heavily influenced by the needs of secondary school students. In this paper, we first consider the educational potential of calculators in education, drawing on a model developed for this purpose. We then focus on the educational design of tasks and activities using calculators for various educational purposes, including the development of mathematical concepts and important processes such as reasoning and modelling. Attention focuses on the design of experiences that incorporate modern calculator capabilities and their affordances for important learning goals, as well as the implementation of these in classrooms. Examples and analysis of some appropriate tasks are provided.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: World Scientific
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