ICME 8 - Topic Group 19

Presentation Summary

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This is an abstract of a presentation at The 8th International Congress on Math Education (ICME 8), July 14-21, 1996 in Seville, Spain..

Formal graphing in a computer environment

While most primary (elementary) schools now have computers, few teachers use computers as an integral part of the mathematics curriculum. This occurs despite the fact that several recent curriculum guidelines have suggested various applications for computers in primary school mathematics.

In this study children in a grade 4 class were taught simple graphing concepts and techniques using both pencil and paper and a computer spreadsheet. The children were observed (by a researcher) during these classes (taught by the class teacher), and some children were interviewed to ascertain their attitudes and perceptions of the technological and non-technological graphing environments. During the second school term the class teacher will be interviewed to guage her reactions to the experiment.

Tony Jones, eduajj@lure.latrobe.edu

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