First year engineering students understanding of tangency numerical calculation of gradients and the approximate value of a function at a point through computers

This study investigated whether and how computers in realis-tic classroom settings could influence first year engineering students' learning of calculus. Four groups, including 147 students enrolled in calculus courses in four different univer-sities in England, participated in the study. Although no dis-tinguishing difference was found between the computer and the noncomputer groups, the results suggested that a signifi-cant relationship does exist between the students' perfor-mance and their perceptions of the use of computers in cal-culus. Taken altogether, the six-level classification of stu-dents' strategies and the classification of errors incorporated three key principles to retain learning: concept-formation, strategy choice, and problem-solving skills.
Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching


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B. Ubuz, “First year engineering students understanding of tangency numerical calculation of gradients and the approximate value of a function at a point through computers,” Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, pp. 111–135, 2001, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: