Date of Award/Publication

2003

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MS in Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education

Abstract

The implementation of higher standards and the use of graphing calculators as changed the mathematical pedagogy for New York State teachers. This study was conducted because of poor achievement results and a lack of graphing calculator use at East High School in the Rochester City School District. The teachers at East High School did not feel comfortable or knowledgeable enough on their own use of graphing calculators to implement the calculators into their lessons. The decision was made that an effective professional development plan needed to be conducted. An effective professional development would be on-going rather than a one-time workshop, conducted at a pace that makes the participants comfortable, and with relevant curriculum that the teachers will use in their classroom lessons. The professional development made a positive impact on how comfortable and knowledgeable the participants now feel with use of graphing calculators.

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