
06000255
j
2012a.00241
Varsavsky, Cristina
Use of CAS in secondary school: a factor influencing the transition to universitylevel mathematics?
Int. J. Math. Educ. Sci. Technol. 43, No. 1, 3342 (2012).
2012
Taylor \& Francis, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
EN
C74
C75
R24
R25
U74
U75
CAS
scientific calculators
university mathematics
transition secondary  tertiary education
comparative studies
educational studies
doi:10.1080/0020739X.2011.582179
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 universitylevel 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 advancedlevel mathematics studies in secondary school.