European Journal of Psychology and Educational Studies

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2015  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 79--87

Early math learning with tablet PCs: The role of action


Peter J.N. Dejonckheere1, Ad W Smitsman2, Annemie Desoete3, Birgit Haeck1, Kimberly Ghyselinck1, Kevin Hillaert1, Katleen Coppenolle1 
1 Teacher Department, University College of Vives, Tielt, Belgium
2 Department of Developmental Psychology, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
3 Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Ghent University, Gent, Belgium

Correspondence Address:
Peter J.N. Dejonckheere
VIVES, Beernegemstraat 10, 8700 Tielt
Belgium

Context: The present study is about computer assisted learning (CAI) and how it facilitates early math learning in 4-6-year-old children. Aim: Trying to demonstrate how changes in estimation accuracy are a result of different behavioral or action organizations during playing with a numerical board game on a tablet PC. Settings and Design: A pre-posttest design and a training intervention was used. Statistical Analysis Used: In order to measure childrens«SQ» estimation accuracy (N = 179), the percent absolute error scores were calculated and compared in a pretest and a posttest. Further, each child«SQ»s best fitting linear function (R΂lin) was computed in order to find out whether children handled numbers in a linear way. Materials and Methods: A number line estimation task with a 0-10 interval was used in both the pretest and the posttest. For the intervention training, each child received a tablet computer and could play on a digital number line for four 15-min sessions. Children«SQ»s hand and finger movements were manipulated during instruction in different conditions: Freely jumping or pointing. Results : Children«SQ»s estimation accuracy increased after playing with the digital number line. However, the way in which behavior was organized during the training period resulted in different accuracy performances. Conclusions: These results show that minor changes in the behavioral system can lead to significantly different learning gains and that numerical knowledge is embodied in the system the child mobilizes.


How to cite this article:
Dejonckheere PJ, Smitsman AW, Desoete A, Haeck B, Ghyselinck K, Hillaert K, Coppenolle K. Early math learning with tablet PCs: The role of action.Eur J Psychol Educ Studies 2015;2:79-87


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Dejonckheere PJ, Smitsman AW, Desoete A, Haeck B, Ghyselinck K, Hillaert K, Coppenolle K. Early math learning with tablet PCs: The role of action. Eur J Psychol Educ Studies [serial online] 2015 [cited 2020 Sep 24 ];2:79-87
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