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What’s in a name? Using a scientific calculator for mathematical exploration in schools

Kissane, B. (2020) What’s in a name? Using a scientific calculator for mathematical exploration in schools. In: 25th Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics (VIRTUAL) (ATCM2020), 14 - 16 December 2020, Radford University, Virginia/Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Thailand



This paper identifies a problem that calculators are often interpreted as devices whose sole purpose is to undertake numerical calculations, with the result that their educational significance in secondary schools is not understood well, in contrast to other forms of ICT, for which the software capabilities are recognised as the key features. It is suggested that the potential for educational use of calculators in many Asian contexts is undermined by this limited understanding of their capabilities. An important use of calculators in secondary schools beyond mere calculation involves mathematical exploration, which is described in the paper. Several examples of ways in which features of scientific calculators might be productively used for mathematical exploration are outlined, to indicate the range of contexts of relevance. Ways in which such features might be used in schools are described

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Murdoch Affiliation(s): Education
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