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Tablets in Learning Mathematics for Kindergarten Students

  • Nicholas ZaranisEmail author
  • Vasiliki Valla
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Abstract

The aim of this study is to explore the impact on kindergarten children’s mathematical competence after the implementation of a software application for comparison, classification, one-to-one correspondence, and counting with tablet computers. The application consisted of some comparison, classification, one-to-one correspondence, and counting activities, designed following the background of realistic mathematics education and more specifically that of the learning teaching trajectory for the domain of mathematics. Four kindergarten schools of Heraklion participated in the study, which was conducted during spring 2017. The research followed the pre-test and post-test model, using the Early Numeracy Test (ENT), an instrument measuring the early mathematical competence. The test comprises of questions for the concepts of comparison, classification, one-to-one correspondence, seriation, using counting words, structured counting, resultative counting, and general knowledge of numbers. The results of the study support a positive correlation between children’s early numeracy competence and the integration of tablet computers in teaching and learning numbers.

Keywords

Mathematics Tablet computers Kindergarten Early numeracy test 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work was supported by the Research Committee of the University of Crete (ELKE) http://www.elke.uoc.gr/.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Preschool EducationUniversity of CreteRethymnoGreece

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