Year

1990

Degree Name

Master of Education (Hons.)

Department

School of Learning Studies

Abstract

At a time when schools face increasing pressures of accountability in both the economic and educational senses, there is a growing need for teachers to assume the role of evaluators of their own work. This study demonstrates that such a role can serve to fulfil both the specific demands of the teacher and school in assessing the worth of a programme or innovation, and also the wider demands of the educational community, providing practical research data and results which may contribute to the improvement of teaching practice. The study investigates the use of handheld calculators capable of graphics, calculus and symbolic manipulation as a means of enhancing the teaching of Mathematics at the Senior Secondaiy level. The results indicate that such tools can bring about improvements in concept understanding, attitudes towards the subject and confidence in students' abilities in this regard.

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