The Role of dynamic interactive technological tools in preschoolers' mathematical patterning
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Conference (30th : 2007) (2 - 6 July 2007 : Hobart)
Watson, Jane and Beswick, Kim. Mathematics: essential research, essential practice : proceedings of the 30th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, held at Wrest Point Hotel Casino, Hobart, Tasmania, 2--6 July 2007, Vol. 1, p.372-381
This paper presents case study data from an exploratory study investigating six preschoolers’ patterning skills using three learning modes: concrete materials, screen-based technological tools, and combined modes. Children using dynamic interactive software and virtual manipulatives to solve pattern-eliciting tasks engaged in more “experimental” representations and created more patterns and transformations than children using concrete materials. However, there were no qualitative differences observed between children's understanding of simple repetition. This research highlights new ways of mathematics learning that can be enhanced through explicit techniques afforded by technology.
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