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Computer supported interactive teaching: an experience with triangles

Riesen, S.A.N. van (2012) Computer supported interactive teaching: an experience with triangles.

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Abstract:This work revolved around classroom collaboration in a participative instructional setting using Single Display Groupware (SDG). The domain was a mathematics subdomain that involved the understanding of triangles. Students of one class (the experimental group) were each equipped with a mouse and shared one computer together that was connected to one big screen divided into four working areas. In four groups of six to seven students each they had to identify and create different kinds of triangles on the screen, which they could only successfully do by collaboration within their group. Verbal communication during these activities was difficult due to seating arrangements, because of which they had to find a way of collaborating silently by using their mice. Group discussions were held after the activities to stimulate students to gain deeper understanding of the material and to make sure that everyone understood the concepts they were taught. The teacher played a key role in controlling and organizing the process, and presenting the students with concepts and ideas regarding triangles. An analysis of behavioural patterns showed that students in the experimental group naturally found different ways to collaborate silently. In a control group the same domain information was presented by means of conventional instruction. Knowledge gains in the experimental group were compared to knowledge gains in the control group. Results showed a significant learning effect in both groups, but no significant difference between the groups.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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