MATLAB in early undergraduate mathematics: an investigation into the effects of scientific software learning

Cretchley, Patricia and Harman, Chris and Ellerton, Nerida and Fogarty, Gerard (2000) MATLAB in early undergraduate mathematics: an investigation into the effects of scientific software learning. Mathematics Education Research Journal, 12 (3). pp. 219-233. ISSN 1033-2170

Abstract

This paper describes an investigation into the effects on attitudes and on learning of introducing scientific software into the learning experience of a large and diverse first year University mathematics class. Instruments were designed to capture students' reactions over the semester to a set of tasks employing technology and to record attitudes and skills on entry and exit. Their attitudes to mathematics, to computers, and to the role of technology in the learning of mathematics are analysed and related to their strategy for learning, achievement on the course, and other factors. The findings confirm the affective potential for this kind of technology. Implications for mathematics curriculum development are explored.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Maths and Computing
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2007 11:47
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2018 06:04
Uncontrolled Keywords: undergraduates; mathematical software; attitudes
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/14119

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