Young children's embodied action in problem-solving tasks using robotic toys

Kate Highfield, Joanne Mulligan

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    Abstract

    19 Grade One children were observed while programming a simple robotic toy (Bee-bot or Pro-bot) to solve a spatial mapping task. Video-taped interview data was analysed using Studiocode for children's level of engagement their gesture, action, dialogue and representations of their solution process. 153 examples of gesture were classified and matched with children's drawn mathematical representations. Children's representations highlighted advanced use of iconic and symbolic notations indicating iteration of measurement, rotation and dynamic movement. Micro-analysis of the data suggests that integrated analysis of speech, gesture, action and representations is advantageous in technology rich dynamic contexts as an effective method for gaining insight into young children's mathematical thinking.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPME 33: proceedings of the 33rd conference of the international group for the psychology of mathematics education, Vol 3
    EditorsMarianna Tzekaki, Maria Kaldrimidou, Haralambos Sakonidis
    Place of PublicationThessaloniki, Greece
    PublisherINT GRP PSYCHOL MATH EDUC
    Pages169-176
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)9789602436554
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    EventConference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (33rd : 2009) - Thessaloniki, Greece
    Duration: 19 Jul 200924 Jul 2009

    Publication series

    NamePME Conference Proceedings
    PublisherINT GRP PSYCHOL MATH EDUC
    Volume3
    ISSN (Print)0771-100X

    Conference

    ConferenceConference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (33rd : 2009)
    CountryGreece
    CityThessaloniki
    Period19/07/0924/07/09

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