__Electronic Proceedings
of the 12 ^{th} Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics__

**Abstract for 12913**

*Calculators in the Mathematics Classroom: A
Longitudinal Study*

Authors: Michael O. J. Thomas, Ye Yoon Hong, Jennifer Bosley, Alan

Gil delos Santos

Affiliations: The University of Auckland, St Cuthberts College

Keywords: K-12 Level, Calculator, Secondary School, longitudinal,

survey

A key variable in the use of calculators in the learning of

mathematics is the teacher. In turn there are many factors that

influence whether an individual teacher uses the calculator, and if

they do then how they use it. This study reports on a ten-year

longitudinal survey data into the use of calculators in the upper

secondary school. It presents the pattern of calculator use, some

possible reasons for this pattern, and obstacles to increased use.

In addition the relationship between calculators and national

assessment and equity are examined. Results show that many teachers

see benefits in using calculators in mathematics teaching although a

sizeable minority are opposed to their use. Further, there is a

continuing need for professional development that specifically

addresses how to integrate calculators into mathematics teaching in

a manner that focuses on the mathematics.

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