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Fraction farm : tangible learning experiences for learning fractions

Kiviniemi, O.L.N. (2023) Fraction farm : tangible learning experiences for learning fractions.

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Abstract:Tangible learning tools are pedagogical tools that utilize the intuitiveness and physical nature of tangible interfaces for learning purposes. When designed correctly, these systems can provide improvements to learning gain, knowledge retention and understanding of abstract concepts, whilst simultaneously being fun and engaging to use. For this research, introductory fractions were considered specifically. The subject of fractions is often difficult for young children in primary schools to grasp, as it presents a completely new meaning for numbers and what they relate to. A tangible learning tool could be a great way to help children get familiar and comfortable with fraction concepts. As such, a tangible system for learning fraction concepts named Fraction Farm was developed. Through design frameworks for tangible learning tools, the system was designed with a focus on creating a fun, engaging and collaborative experience, while allowing children to engage with fractions in a tangible and context based manner. A prototype of the system was built and qualitatively evaluated in a real world context. The results of the study indicate that Fraction Farm is fun and engaging to use and enables both collaboration and tangible interaction with fractions. This research does not yet proof that Fraction Farm has any impact on the learning of fraction concepts, but the results of the study do indicate that the system could have potential and should be developed and researched further.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science, 80 pedagogy, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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