Using spreadsheets in the teaching and learning of mathematics: a research bibliography

Jones, Keith (2005) Using spreadsheets in the teaching and learning of mathematics: a research bibliography. MicroMath, 21, (1), 30-31.


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This review suggests that one way that seems to help pupils move from a non-algebraic to an algebraic approach is through work with spreadsheets. This is because, in using such a tool, compared to using paper and pencil, pupils appear to be able to learn more readily to express general mathematical relationships using the symbolic language in the spreadsheet environment. This is a key to making progress in algebra. Another area of research, though less developed than that relating to algebra, is examining how a spreadsheet might provide a useful educational environment in which to teach statistics, primarily because statistical concepts and procedures using a spreadsheet may be more transparent to pupils, allowing them to look inside the “black box” of statistical techniques. Other teaching advantages of spreadsheets are that pupils are likely to relatively familiar with them as these are used in other lessons in school. Pupils are also likely to have access to spreadsheet software outside of school, including at home.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The pagination of this page proof is the same as the published version.
ISSNs: 0267-5501 (print)
Keywords: pedagogy, curriculum, teaching, learning, school, mathematics, spreadsheet, spreadsheets, national curriculum, research, review, bibliography, ICT, computers
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Professional Practice & Pedagogy
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Southampton Education School > Mathematics, Science & Health Education (MSHE)
ePrint ID: 41324
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Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:12

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