First National Congress
6-7 December 2004, Cebu City, Philippines

The Effectiveness of Using Graphic Calculators on the Achievement of the Fourth Year Students in Mathematics
by Arthur Quizon and Ma. Loida H. Redoña
Pasay City West High School

A high failing rate in Mathematics has been noted, prompting the Mathematics Department to investigate the problem. In various interviews conducted among both students and teachers, several factors were found to have contributed to the significant number of failing grades of students in all year levels. The lack of interest of students in the subject outweighs the rest. The students say that they are bored by the chalk talk-board method.

This is the impetus for this research. Will the use of modern technology like graphic calculator inspire the students to do better in Mathematics? Will there be any improvement in their performance level in Mathematics if graphic calculators are used in class instruction?

Senior high school students were chosen to participate in the study because the fourth year Mathematics curriculum includes graphing. Forty (40) senior students were grouped into two (the control and experimental groups) according to their grades in the first grading. The control group was taught using the traditional way, while the experimental group used a graphic calculator. A teacher who trained the grand champion during the recently concluded First Casio Graphic Calculator Contest taught both groups. A pre test and post-test were administered to both groups of students.

The paper presents the results of the study, and makes recommendations regarding the use of graphic calculators in high school Mathematics classes.


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