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The Teacher’s Attention Empowering Children’s Math Learning With Computers PROCEEDINGS

, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, United States

International Conference on Mathematics / Science Education and Technology, Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Abstract

This paper reports the findings of a study, a pilot study, conducted in a childcare center in Whitewater, WI. Eight children were involved and divided into two groups: control and experimental groups. Quantitative and qualitative methodologies were used to analyze the data collected from pre- and post tests and interactions of a child with a computer. Findings show that children who are observed and helped by a teacher gain mathematical concepts faster and more efficient than those who are completely left alone at the computer. This pilot study implies that the teacher needs to pay attention to children at computers while working with or supervising children doing other activities. An extended study is suggested to replicate the findings of this pilot study.

Citation

Chang, N. (2000). The Teacher’s Attention Empowering Children’s Math Learning With Computers. In Proceedings of International Conference on Mathematics / Science Education and Technology 2000 (pp. 112-117). AACE.

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