Calculators 'a plus' for students after all: study

Calculators can help students become better at problem-solving, according to the latest research.



Calculators aid students

Far from hindering young maths pupils, these little magic boxes actually aid them with their arithmetic skills, according to the Academics for the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF).

It was also found that when taught properly, calculators can help students become better at problem-solving. Calculators are most useful when weaved into teaching materials, the BBC quoted the academics as saying.

Banned the use of Calculators

Ministers banned the use of calculators in national maths tests for 11-year-olds in England from 2014. Announcing the move in 2012, the then Education and Childcare Minister Elizabeth Truss said this would "reduce the dependency on them in the classroom for the most basic sums".

Sir Kevan Collins, chief executive of EEF, which is an education charity, said: "It's often said that calculators can harm students' arithmetic skills.


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