Effect of graphic calculator on performance and mathematical thinking among Malaysian mathematics secondary school children

Wan Zah Wan Ali, Rohani Ahmad Tarmizi, Ahmad Fauzi Mohd Ayub, Kamariah Abu Bakar, Aida Suraya Md Yunus

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The use of technology tools has been encouraged to enhance students understanding in learning mathematics. Numerous studies in many developed countries have shown positive impact on using graphic calculator (GC) in the classroom and in examination. In this study, the effects between conventional strategies and graphing calculator strategies have been compared. The effects are viewed from the performance in secondary mathematics and mathematical thinking process (based on Paas Mental Effort Rating Scale, 2004). The mean overall test performance for the graphic calculator group was 15.54 (SD = 3.14) meanwhile the mean overall test performance for conventional group was 13.03 (SD = 3.65). Independent samples t-test results showed that there was a significant difference in mean test performance between GC group and conventional group, (t(87)= -3.45, p<0.05). Further, planned comparison test showed that mean overall test performance of GC group was significantly higher from those of conventional group, (F(1,87)=11.919, p<0.05). However, the use of graphic calculator induced higher mathematical thinking process as compared to learning conventionally. These findings indicated that the use of graphing calculator have an impact on both mathematical thinking process and performance as compared to conventional teaching strategy. Hence, these findings provide evidences for improving the teaching approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-126
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Sciences
Volume6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Effect of graphic calculator on performance and mathematical thinking among Malaysian mathematics secondary school children. / Ali, Wan Zah Wan; Tarmizi, Rohani Ahmad; Ayub, Ahmad Fauzi Mohd; Abu Bakar, Kamariah; Yunus, Aida Suraya Md.

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Ali, Wan Zah Wan ; Tarmizi, Rohani Ahmad ; Ayub, Ahmad Fauzi Mohd ; Abu Bakar, Kamariah ; Yunus, Aida Suraya Md. / Effect of graphic calculator on performance and mathematical thinking among Malaysian mathematics secondary school children. In: European Journal of Social Sciences. 2008 ; Vol. 6, No. 1. pp. 121-126.
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