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Challenging in Conducting Studies of Mathematics Education Research: Analysis of Data Collected Through GEM, a Mathematical User Interface Design

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Our contribution deals with the description and evaluation of a graphical user interface—called GEM—designed as a math quasi-experimental contest. The Gifted European Mathematicians (GEM) project was born from the recognition of the need for many European countries for highly qualified youngers in mathematics, science and technology. Conceived in the field of mathematics education, by and large, GEM is an e-learning platform developed to test and improve high-school students mathematical skills. The efficiency of this platform is evaluated by analyzing the competences of the experimental subjects involved after attending lessons and consulting the material.

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  • GEM
  • Mathematical literacy
  • Math problem solving
  • Performance evaluation
  • Quasi-experimentation
  • Human-computer interaction

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Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank all the students involved for their motivation and patience with the quasi-experimental pilot study conducted. A special thanks to Elena Genoveva Irimia, Edgardo Bucciarelli, Piotr Pawlikowski, and anonymous reviewers for their contribution, comments and criticism on earlier drafts of this work. The GEM platform was supported by the project entitled “Gifted European Mathematicians” funded by the European Commission within EU’s programme Erasmus+ KA2 Cooperation for Innovation and Exchange of Good Practices, Strategic partnerships for school education 2017-1-RO01-KA201-037470. Partners: Colegiul National de Informatica (Piatra Neamt, Romania); IESO “Miguel de Unamuno” (Ledesma, Spain); Istituto Tecnico Statale Commerciale “Aterno-Manthonè” (Pescara, Italy); Agrupamento de Escolas “Miguel Torga” (Bragança, Portugal); Istituto Professionale Statale Servizi per l’Enogastronomia e l’Ospitalità Alberghiera “Filippo De Cecco” (Pescara, Italy); Zespol Szkol Ogolnoksztalcacych im. “Adama Mickiewicza” (Kluczbork, Poland); and Forprogest SpA (Santeramo in Colle, Italy).

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Pagani, C., Fensore, S. (2021). Challenging in Conducting Studies of Mathematics Education Research: Analysis of Data Collected Through GEM, a Mathematical User Interface Design. In: Bucciarelli, E., Chen, SH., Corchado, J.M., Parra D., J. (eds) Decision Economics: Minds, Machines, and their Society. DECON 2020. Studies in Computational Intelligence, vol 990. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-75583-6_7

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