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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/30066

Title: Secondary School Teachers’ Conceptions and Their Teaching Practices using Graphing Calculators
Authors: Lee, Jane
McDougall, Douglas
Keywords: Graphing calculators
secondary school mathematics
conceptions of mathematics
mathematics teachers
Issue Date: 7-Jun-2010
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Lee, J. & McDougall, D. A. (2010). Secondary school teachers’ conceptions and their teaching practices using graphing calculators. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science & Technology , 41(7), 857-872.
Series/Report no.: 10.1080/00207391003777889
Abstract: This paper investigates secondary school teachers’ conceptions of mathematics and their teaching practices in the use of graphing calculators in their mathematics classrooms. Case studies on three teacher participants were developed using quantitative and qualitative data that consisted of self-assessments on beliefs in mathematics, observations, surveys on professional and personal technology use, and semi-structured interviews. All three teachers had a similar goal of attempting to use the graphing calculators to eliminate mechanical processing time and enhance their students’ ability to construct their own learning. The major findings of this paper relate to: (1) proficiency with the graphing calculator; (2) a common starting point; and (3) integration into the curriculum. The paper concludes that factors such as teachers’ personal experiences and teaching practices, together with the level of proficiency of the students with the technology, influence how the graphing calculators are used in the mathematics classroom. When graphing calculators are used effectively in the mathematics classroom, they are a powerful tool to assist teachers in providing their students with an environment to help them construct their mathematical knowledge and understanding.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/30066
ISSN: 0020-739X (Print)
1464-5211 (Online)
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