Title: Exploring quadrilaterals in a small group computing environment
Authors: Lai, Kevin
White, Tobin
Institute of Education
Keywords: Cooperative learning;Interactive learning environments
Issue Date: 1-Nov-2012
Abstract: Though cooperative learning has been a topic of considerable interest in educational research, there has been little study specific to learning in the mathematics content area of geometry. This paper seeks to address that gap through a design experiment featuring a novel small-group computing environment for supporting student learning about quadrilaterals. In this design, each student controls a unique point in a shared geometric space, and those points are linked such that a group of four students collectively forms a quadrilateral. We first present results from pre- and post-measures to show how the students learned from the activities and developed in terms of geometric reasoning. We then present three episodes, elaborated with the notion of appropriation, to explain how students took up ways of using the technological tools and of talking about geometric concepts from one another in the interactive environment. Our study found that students achieved learning gains in this novel environment, that the environment provided rich opportunities for peer interaction around geometric objects, and that student learning opportunities and interactions were characterized by processes of appropriating ways of talking about and using software features. (c) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2012.04.006
ISSN: 0360-1315
DOI: 10.1016/j.compedu.2012.04.006
Volume: 59
Issue: 3
Begin Page: 963
End Page: 973
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