### Calculators, Attitudes, and Success

Brian R. O'Callaghan

Department of Mathematics

Southeastern Louisiana University

SLU 582

500 Western Avenue

Hammond, LA 70402

Phone: (504) 549-2169

Fax: (504) 549-2099

E-mail: bocallaghan@selu.edu

#### ABSTRACT

A study was conducted involving six graphing calculator sections and three traditional
sections of a college algebra course. The calculator students showed significant improvements in
their overall attitude toward mathematics, their self-concept relative to mathematics, and their
enjoyment of mathematics. They rated the calculators and teachers very highly, and they were
more successful than the traditional students.