The Role of dynamic interactive technological tools in preschoolers' mathematical patterning

Kate Highfield, Joanne Mulligan

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMathematics
    Subtitle of host publicationessential 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
    EditorsJane Watson, Kim Beswick
    Place of PublicationAdelaide
    PublisherMERGA
    Pages372-381
    Number of pages10
    Volume1
    ISBN (Print)9781920846138
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    EventMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Conference (30th : 2007) - Hobart
    Duration: 2 Jul 20076 Jul 2007

    Conference

    ConferenceMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Conference (30th : 2007)
    CityHobart
    Period2/07/076/07/07

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    Copyright Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Incorporated. Original published at http://www.merga.net.au/documents/RP322007.pdf. Version archived for private and non‐commercial use with the permission of the author/s and according to publisher conditions. For further reproduction rights please contact the publisher at http://www.merga.net.au.

    Keywords

    • Early mathematics learning
    • Technology
    • Virtual manipulatives
    • Patterning
    • Early childhood

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    Highfield, K., & Mulligan, J. (2007). The Role of dynamic interactive technological tools in preschoolers' mathematical patterning. In J. Watson, & K. Beswick (Eds.), 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, pp. 372-381). Adelaide: MERGA.