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Rhythm in number: exploring the affective, social and mathematical dimensions of using TouchCounts. (English)
Math. Educ. Res. J. 28, No. 1, 31-51 (2016).
Summary: In this paper, we investigate the mathematical, social and affective nature of children’s engagement with {\it TouchCounts}, a multitouch application for counting and doing arithmetic. In order to study these dimensions of engagement in a way that recognizes their fundamental intertwinement, we use rhythm as a primary unit of analysis. Drawing on over 8 hours of research sessions with children aged 6, 7 and 8 years old, we show how various rhythms emerged from their interactions and how these rhythms changed over time ‒ moving from the particular to the more general. We also show how important rhythm is to children’s carrying of activity, which relates to aspects of interest and motivation.
Classification: F22 F32 U72 C22 C32
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