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Joshua Zucker

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calculators
Posted: May 28, 1999 2:46 PM
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I've been trying to stay out of this debate but I just can't make
myself shut up.

It seems to me we could make both sides happy by ALLOWING calculators
but designing questions in such a way that having one doesn't really
help.

For instance, on this year's problem 6, the question could have
included computer output doing some one-variable work with column one
and with column two, a two-sample t-test, a matched pairs t-test, some
linear regression output ... and then students have to figure out what
to use when.

The only part of the question that this might leave out is the
realization that matched pairs is a good thing to try.

I think it would be nice if calculators weren't particularly useful on
the exam, so that students who weren't fluent with them could still
get the job done under time pressure. As it is, I feel that I need to
give students lots of calculator practice so they can meet the time
crunch on the free response (all my students said there wasn't too
much time pressure on the MC, though they thought the questions were
hard, more time wouldn't have helped them).

--Joshua Zucker
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Date Subject Author
5/28/99
Read calculators
Joshua Zucker
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Mike Ernst

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