TY - JOUR

T1 - Assessing elementary algebra with STACK

AU - Sangwin, Christopher J.

PY - 2007/1

Y1 - 2007/1

N2 - This paper concerns computer aided assessment (CAA) of mathematics in which a computer algebra system (CAS) is used to help assess students' responses to elementary algebra questions. Using a methodology of documentary analysis, we examine what is taught in elementary algebra. The STACK CAA system, http://www.stack.bham.ac.uk/, which uses the CAS Maxima, is taken as a case study with which to test the implementation of the ideas developed in this paper. The general characteristics needed from a CAS for the application of computer aided assessment, or computer based learning is discussed. In particular the need for consistently implemented noun forms of elementary arithmetic operations, together with their traditional verb forms is identified.

AB - This paper concerns computer aided assessment (CAA) of mathematics in which a computer algebra system (CAS) is used to help assess students' responses to elementary algebra questions. Using a methodology of documentary analysis, we examine what is taught in elementary algebra. The STACK CAA system, http://www.stack.bham.ac.uk/, which uses the CAS Maxima, is taken as a case study with which to test the implementation of the ideas developed in this paper. The general characteristics needed from a CAS for the application of computer aided assessment, or computer based learning is discussed. In particular the need for consistently implemented noun forms of elementary arithmetic operations, together with their traditional verb forms is identified.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=36249026493&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1080/00207390601002906

DO - 10.1080/00207390601002906

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:36249026493

VL - 38

SP - 987

EP - 1002

JO - International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology

JF - International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology

SN - 0020-739X

IS - 8

ER -