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Journal Article

Arithmetic + Calculators + College Students = ?

Betsy Darken
Journal of Developmental Education
Vol. 15, No. 2 (Winter 1991), pp. 6-8, 10, 12, 35
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/42785067
Page Count: 6
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Abstract

Studies indicate that many postsecondary students are deficient in understanding of arithmetic concepts, especially in their ability to apply these concepts in problem-solving situations. Unfortunately, in attempting to combat this problem most developmental programs use a curriculum which has become anachronistic, especially in light of technological developments. This article summarizes new standards set by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics for the K-12 curriculum and recommends that developmental educators engage in similar reform efforts. Specific suggestions are made regarding the effect of calculators on the curriculum, methods of emphasizing applications which require critical thinking, and the balance between use of calculators and mental arithmetic.

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