A CAS Project Ten Years On

  • A CAS Project Ten Years On

    Sue Garner and Robyn Pierce
    Although research shows that Computer Algebra Systems offer pedagogical opportunities, more than a decade later some teachers are reluctant to change established practices.
    In 2002, the University of Melbourne in Australia launched a research project to investigate implementation of a senior mathematics course in which students could use a computer algebra system. The project was known as the Computer Algebra Systems (CAS) in Schools: Curriculum and Assessment Teaching project (CAS-CAT Project) and was detailed in Mathematics Teacher (Stacey and Ball 2002). The innovation began with a new senior secondary mathematics course, Mathematical Methods (CAS), used at three schools. In the trial, the use of CAS was encouraged in teaching and assumed in all assessments, including the state-set examinations. Today, whereas CAS use is permitted for all students and assumed in most mathematics courses, students also encounter technology-free examinations. (Details of the new course and its assessment, together with details of all the senior mathematics study designs, are available from Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority [VCAA, 2006, 2012, 2015].)
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