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1997

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Calculator Use In Western Australian Primary Schools, Len Sparrow, Paul Swan Jan 1997

Calculator Use In Western Australian Primary Schools, Len Sparrow, Paul Swan

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There are very few issues in mathematics teaching over the past twenty five years which have caused so much debate among teachers, parents and the community than the use of calculators in primary schools. Letters to newspapers, magazine articles and public comment often express the opinion that the apparent decline in the ability of young people to calculate, even simple computations, is a direct result of the use of calculators in schools. Anecdotal evidence in the form of reports from teaching practice students, personal observation in schools and comments from teachers suggests there is, in fact, very little calculator use ...