Technology in Mathematics Education: A Descriptive Study of the Availability and Uses of Calculators and Computers in Public High School Mathematics Classes in the State of Virginia
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The study surveyed the mathematics department heads from 80 public high schools from school divisions located throughout the State of Virginia through the use of a self-administered mail questionnaire. From these questionnaires, the data gathered about calculator and computer availability, factors influencing teachers' professional development, and actual usage in SOL courses were analyzed to provide a picture of the current state of technology use in the high school mathematics programs of these high schools. Results from this study indicate that: (1) Through funding provided by the State of Virginia, adequate quantities of graphing calculators and computers exist for use by students in mathematics classes; (2) the widespread use of graphing calculators in the classroom is being driven by the Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools; computer use is more limited, despite the availability of computers in classroom and lab settings; and (3) teachers are reported as wanting more professional development activities designed for incorporating calculator and computer use into the classroom, but have taken only limited advantage of existing opportunities, preferring to use self-training and school or division in-service activities to satisfy their needs.
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