Electronic Proceedings of the Tenth Annual Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics


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


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.