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The effect of calculators on the numerical problem-solving skills and attitudes of primary students towards mathematics /

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Show simple item record McDowell, Jennifer J. en_US 2009-05-21T13:25:02Z 2009-05-21T13:25:02Z 2000-05-21T13:25:02Z
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to determine the effect that calculators have on the attitudes and numerical problem-solving skills of primary students. The sample used for this research was one of convenience. The sample consisted of two grade 3 classes within the York Region District School Board. The students in the experimental group used calculators for this problem-solving unit. The students in the control group completed the same numerical problem-solving unit without the use of calculators. The pretest-posttest control group design was used for this study. All students involved in this study completed a computational pretest and an attitude pretest. At the end of the study, the students completed a computational posttest. Five students from the experimental group and five students from the control group received their posttests in the form of a taped interview. At the end of the unit, all students completed the attitude scale that they had received before the numerical problem-solving unit once again. Data for qualitative analysis included anecdotal observations, journal entries, and transcribed interviews. The constant comparative method was used to analyze the qualitative data. A t test was also performed on the data to determine whether there were changes in test and attitude scores between the control and experimental group. Overall, the findings of this study support the hypothesis that calculators improve the attitudes of primary students toward mathematics. Also, there is some evidence to suggest that calculators improve the computational skills of grade 3 students. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Brock University en_US
dc.subject Calculators. en_US
dc.subject Mathematics en_US
dc.subject Mathematics en_US
dc.title The effect of calculators on the numerical problem-solving skills and attitudes of primary students towards mathematics / en_US
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US Master of Education en_US Masters en_US
dc.contributor.department Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education en_US Faculty of Education en_US

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