Integration of Graphing Calculators into the
Preuniversity Mathematics Curriculum
Wee Leng NG
National Institute of Education
Nanyang Technological University
Singapore
Abstract
In Singapore the use of graphing calculators without
a builtin computer algebra system in public examinations was first permitted
in the year 2002 for Further Mathematics, a subject offered at the preuniversity
level. Following the inception in 2006 of the revised mathematics syllabus
and curriculum, not only is the use of graphing calculators incorporated
in assessment for all preuniversity level mathematics subjects, all main
stream schools offering mathematics subjects at the preuniversity level
are now expected to fully integrate the graphing calculator into the mathematics
classroom. As a result, teachers in these schools are required to be proficient
in utilising the graphing calculator and adept at facilitating studentsˇ¦
usage of the graphing calculator so as to meet the new assessment requirements.
This paper delineates the rationale for the integration of the graphing
calculator into the new curriculum and discusses the impact of the graphing
calculator on the Further Mathematics curriculum. Issues pertaining to
professional development and training of teachers in mastering the use
of a graphing calculator and the impact of the graphing calculator on
assessment in the new curriculum are also discussed.
