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

Chicago, Illinois, November 6-9, 1997

Paper C019

Calculators, Attitudes, and Success

Brian R. O'Callaghan

Department of Mathematics
Southeastern Louisiana University
SLU 582
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Hammond, LA 70402
Phone: (504) 549-2169
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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.

Keyword(s): college algebra, graphing calculators