Published on June 2021 | Education, Mathematics, Technology, Psychology
Learning mathematics entails performing computations to validate answers to specific math problems. Scientific calculators have been extremely useful in assisting students in solving these problems and validating their responses. This study examined the relationship between calculator attitudes and computational math skills of 156 Grade 10 students at Don Vicente Rama Memorial National High School in Cebu City, Philippines, during the school year 2018–2019. To identify respondents, simple random sampling was used. A survey questionnaire based on Kaino and Salani's (2004) "Attitudes on Calculator Use Survey" was used to determine the respondents' attitudes toward calculator use, while a researcher-made test was used to assess the respondents' computational skills. A pilot test was carried out to assess the dependability of the instrument, which a statistician also validated. The findings revealed that respondents performed very well on computational skills and had positive attitudes toward the usefulness and enjoyment of calculator use. They were unconcerned about the anxiety associated with using calculators. Furthermore, there was no significant relationship between computational skills, usefulness, and enjoyment. Anxiety, on the other hand, was found to be negatively related to their computational skills.