id: 06000255
dt: j
an: 2012a.00241
au: Varsavsky, Cristina
ti: Use of CAS in secondary school: a factor influencing the transition to
university-level mathematics?
so: Int. J. Math. Educ. Sci. Technol. 43, No. 1, 33-42 (2012).
py: 2012
pu: Taylor \& Francis, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
la: EN
cc: C74 C75 R24 R25 U74 U75
ut: CAS; scientific calculators; university mathematics; transition secondary -
tertiary education; comparative studies; educational studies
ci:
li: doi:10.1080/0020739X.2011.582179
ab: Summary: Australian secondary school systems offer three levels of senior
(year 12) mathematics studies, none of them compulsory: elementary,
intermediate and advanced. The intermediate and advanced studies
prepare students for further mathematics studies at university level.
In the state of Victoria, there are two versions of intermediate
mathematics: one where students learn and are examined with a computer
algebra system (CAS) and another where students can only use scientific
calculators. This study compares the performance of 1240 students as
they transitioned to traditional university-level mathematics and
according to whether they learned intermediate mathematics with or
without the assistance of a CAS. This study concludes that students
without CAS show a slight advantage, but the most important factor
affecting student performance is the uptake of advanced-level
mathematics studies in secondary school.
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