The purpose of this study was to discover students' and teachers' prevailing beliefs regarding calculator usage, determine students' actual calculator usage, and assess whether mental math skills are still needed in today's world of technology. Since the United States is not currently ranked in the top 10 for math achievement of school age children, something needs to change. The top achieving math countries do not allow calculators K-8. I wanted to determine if calculators were a substitute for learning and authentic understanding. The research compared two 6th grade math classrooms in a suburban school district in south central Alaska. Each class was given the same surveys and assessments to determine their ability to solve math problems. Some assessments allowed calculator usage while others did not. The research data suggested having a working knowledge of the multiplication tables was a major piece of the puzzle in math success. Calculators did not enhance the students' abilities to solve problems. The results indicate that mental math facts are the nails and hammer of building blocks for math success.The purpose of this study was to discover studentsa#39; and teachersa#39; prevailing beliefs regarding calculator usage, determine studentsa#39; actual calculator usage, and assess whether mental math skills are still needed in todaya#39;s world of ...

Title | : | Calculators Or Mental Math |

Author | : | Karen K. Leet, Alaska Pacific University |

Publisher | : | - 2012 |

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