The effects of using graphing calculators to enhance college students' performance in precalculus

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This study extended through three academic semesters and involved 710 subjects. It compared the performance of college students taught precalculus using a graphing calculator and a textbook written to be used with a graphing utility, to the performance of students using the traditional approach, a regular textbook, and a scientific calculator. On a comprehensive common final exam, students who were taught precalculus using the graphing calculator had significantly higher scores than those taught by traditional methods.

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Quesada, A.R., Maxwell, M.E. The effects of using graphing calculators to enhance college students' performance in precalculus. Educ Stud Math 27, 205–215 (1994). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01278922

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Keywords

  • College Student
  • Scientific Calculator
  • Traditional Method
  • Traditional Approach
  • Final Exam