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SynergyNet: Supporting Collaborative Learning in an Immersive Environment

Grant reference: RES-139-25-0400

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Collaborative learning with multi-touch technology : developing adaptive expertise
Developing fluency and flexibility in mathematics is a key goal of upper primary schooling, however, while fluency can be developed with practice, designing activities that support the development of flexibility is more difficult. Drawing on concepts of adaptive expertise, we developed a task for a multi-touch classroom, NumberNet, that aimed to support both fluency and flexibility. Results from a quasi-experimental study of 86 students (44 using NumberNet, 42 using a paper-based comparison activity) indicated that all students increased in fluency after completing these activities, while students who used NumberNet also increased in flexibility. Video analysis of the NumberNet groups indicate that the opportunity to collaborate, and learn from other groups' expressions, may have supported this increase in flexibility. The final phase of the task suggests future possibilities for engaging students in mathematical discourse to further support the development of mathematical adaptive expertise.
10.1016/j.learninstruc.2012.10.004
English

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Author Emma M. Mercier

Additional contributors

Co-author Steven E. Higgins

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25
Yes
0959-4752
Pergamon, Elsevier
01 June 2013
10
13-23
Oxford
Pre-print
Learning and instruction