Assessment in calculus in the presence of graphics calculators
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Engineering and Mathematics
In this paper we explore the extent and nature of students’ calculator usage as determined from examination scripts in the Western Australian Calculus Tertiary Entrance Examination. Errors made and understanding called upon are discussed for seven questions. The inquiry highlights that skills associated with graphical interpretation need to be the subject of instruction, and that an awareness of the differing cognitive demands of graphical interpretation is needed when setting assessment items.