## Abstract

Summary: Act in Algebra(ACT) is a functional perspective curriculum for college algebra that focuses on the use of realistic applications to motivate the acquisition of mathematical concepts through active student explorations. A computer algebra system (CAS) is used as an open-ended tool in the exploration of mathematics and the modeling of data. The goal of ACT is to improve student cognition, metacognition, and affect with respect to college algebra. A series of studies was conducted from the spring of 1994 to the spring of 1999 to determine the effects of the CAS in a functional perspective curriculum. This article provides an overview of the findings of those studies and discusses the implications of these findings for the teaching and learning of algebra.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 57-75 |

Number of pages | 19 |

Journal | Computers in the Schools |

Volume | 17 |

Issue number | 1-2 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - May 31 2001 |

## Keywords

- Affect
- Algebra
- Cognition
- Computer algebra system
- Conceptual understanding
- Function concept
- Metacognition
- Problem-solving