Use of CAS in secondary school: a factor influencing the transition to university-level mathematics?

Cristina Varsavsky

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Australian secondary school systems offer three levels of senior (year 12) mathematics studies, none of them compulsory: elementary, intermediate and advanced. The intermediate and advanced studies prepare students for further mathematics studies at university level. In the state of Victoria, there are two versions of intermediate mathematics: one where students learn and are examined with a computer algebra system (CAS) and another where students can only use scientific calculators. This study compares the performance of 1240 students as they transitioned to traditional university-level mathematics and according to whether they learned intermediate mathematics with or without the assistance of a CAS. This study concludes that students without CAS show a slight advantage, but the most important factor affecting student performance is the uptake of advanced-level mathematics studies in secondary school.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33 - 42
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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