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Mental Arithmetic Skill vs Calculator Use for student - IELTS Writing Task 2


marsyasurya 1 / -  
Mar 2, 2015   #1
Some people believe that electronics should not be allowed in school until after the pupils have mastered mental arithmetic. Others believe that calculators save pupils time, especially with complicated calculations. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

More attention should be paid on the usage of electronic calculators in the learning process. Whilst I believe that calculator saves students' time to calculate difficult calculations, I firmly agree that calculator should be used after the students have mastered mental calculator.

I have a notion that calculator use in early stage can harm students' ability to learn mathematics as it easier to use rather than paper-and pencil computation. In Singapore, for example, were the usage of calculators had been limited to post-primary levels. The calculators use in school often presents the worst-case scenario of pupils who are unable to perform basic computations. Although the existence of calculator as calculation tools can saves students' time in calculating, it also can build serious problem for the students' calculating skill.

On the other hand, the calculators are the useful tools to enhance problem solving skills.
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somasalims 15 / 27 5  
Mar 2, 2015   #2
... harm students' ability to learn mathematics as it is easier to use rather ...\
In Singapore, for example, werewas the usage of calculators which had been limited to post-primary levels. The calculators use in school often presents the worst-case scenario of pupils who ...

On the other hand, the calculators are the useful tools to enhance problem solving skills. Since calculators can eliminate tedious computations that often hinder pupil problem solving(This sentence does not complete) . TheA study that was conductsed by Campbell and Stewart for NCTM Research Interpretation Project in 1993 reported that the use of calculators not only helped to strengthen understanding of arithmetic operations, but also stimulated problem solving thinking. As a result, calculator use can consequently allow more pupils to solve problems, appreciate the application aspects of school mathematics and engage in more challenging or more realistic tasks. There is no doubt that this has beneficial effect in students' computational skills.

To sum up, I believe that children who still develop their brain and their skill need to master the basic computational technique first before getting a help from any devices.butHowever, after that initial phase, using calculators is a fine thing to do, even for basic multiplication facts. Teachers need to play their important role(I am not sure about this) to manage the mental computation skill of the students and calculator use in the mathematics curriculum.


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