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Twenty-seven Louisiana participants in the Middle School Teachers Enhancement Project (MSTEP) were surveyed about the use of the Texas Instruments Math Explorer calculator. An assessment was made to determine the teachers' own existing knowledge of how to use the calculator and guide a program for calculator skill development. Of the 28 total function keys on the calculator, the teachers knew an average of 12 keys. Following participation in MSTEP, the teachers knew an average of 25 out of the 28 keys. The conclusion is that MSTEP provided the teachers with a substantial foundation for using calculators in the classroom, and that the techniques used to teach the teachers could be used with middle school students. Part of the project was to model instructional techniques that are to be used in a "reformed" math classroom, including appropriate calculator use beyond simple addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Further, teachers showed changes in their ability to use calculators in the classroom and adopted a more positive attitude towards reformed mathematics. (AIM)

Descriptors: Calculators, Educational Technology, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Teachers, Middle Schools

Autor: Schmitt, Dorren R.

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=10231&id=ED400198

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