# Mathematics, computers and umbilical cords

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*New Zealand Journal of Mathematics.*32 (Supplement), pp. 37-46.

Article Title | Mathematics, computers and umbilical cords |
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ERA Journal ID | 336 |

Article Category | Article |

Authors | Cretchley, Patricia (Author) and Galbraith, P. (Author) |

Journal Title | New Zealand Journal of Mathematics |

Journal Citation | 32 (Supplement), pp. 37-46 |

Number of Pages | 11 |

Year | 2003 |

ISSN | 1171-6096 |

Abstract | Recent research within a technology-enriched first-year Australian Algebra & Calculus course has revealed that while some early undergraduate students are quite strongly empowered by the use of technology, others are clearly not, and that it is difficult to predict the nature and levels of their use of technology. This report summarises some aspects of the data gathered in 2001 and 2003, that indicate that students' prior technology experience, their professed attitudes towards the use of technology in the learning of mathematics, both their mathematics and computer confidence levels, and their levels of engagement in technology tasks over the semester, are poor predictors of the nature and level of their use of technology when doing mathematics. This trend proved robust, emerging in data captured under different conditions: for a focus group of 29 students performing workshop tasks voluntarily towards the end of the semester, and under the pressures and constraints of the mid-semester test for a different class of 109 students two years later. It was evident even for a number of students who engaged conscientiously in using technology every week of the semester. Further observations suggested that these students' prior learning habits and preferences may influence their behaviour. Sudden deep immersion in technology is stimulating for some, but may be counter-productive for others. Theories on learning and cognition suggest that prior learning experiences are pivotal when students |

Keywords | mathematics, computers, technology, learning, undergraduates, confidence, assessment, preferences, habits |

ANZSRC Field of Research 2020 | 390405. Educational technology and computing |

390303. Higher education | |

390409. Learning sciences | |

Public Notes | File reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher/author. |

Byline Affiliations | Department of Mathematics and Computing |

University of Queensland |

https://research.usq.edu.au/item/9xz79/mathematics-computers-and-umbilical-cords

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