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Exploring the use of calculators in the Singapore’s primary mathematics curriculum
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Yeo, J. K. K. (2008). Exploring the use of calculators in the Singapore’s primary mathematics curriculum. The Electronic Journal of Mathematics and Technology, 2(1), 73-83. Retrieved from
The use of scientific calculators will be first allowed in Singapore Primary School Leaving Examination
(PSLE) for all primary level mathematics subjects from the year 2009 onwards. All Primary 5 and 6 mathematics
teachers will be expected to explore the use of calculators into their mathematics lessons from 2008 onwards. To meet
the new assessment requirements, primary school mathematics teachers are required to be proficient in using the
calculator and adept at facilitating pupils’ usage of the calculator. Evidence from literature review and research has
showed that calculator is an effective tool for enhancement of mathematical concepts, development of mental arithmetic
skills, pattern recognition, mathematical investigation, solving real-life problems and improving problem-solving
ability. The purpose of this paper is to review what research says about outcome of calculator use in the learning of
primary mathematics. This paper also describes six appropriate calculator activities that can be incorporated in the
teaching and learning of mathematics at the primary level.
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