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Title: Multimodal Interactions with Virtual Manipulatives: Supporting Young Children's Math Learning
Authors: Paek, Seungoh
Hoffman, Dan
Black, John B.
Issue Date: Jun-2013
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Paek, S., Hoffman, D., & Black, J. B. (2013). Multimodal Interactions with Virtual Manipulatives: Supporting Young Children's Math Learning. In Rummel, N., Kapur, M., Nathan, M., & Puntambekar, S. (Eds.), To See the World and a Grain of Sand: Learning across Levels of Space, Time, and Scale: CSCL 2013 Conference Proceedings Volume 2 — Short Papers, Panels, Posters, Demos & Community Events (pp. 117-120). Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: This study investigates how multimodal interactions impact learning in digital learning environments. More specifically, the study argues that modern virtual manipulatives should offer a rich sensory experience by presenting information visually, aurally, and kinesthetically and that carefully designed perceptual experiences will facilitate learning in young children. To test this hypothesis, sixty (N = 60) second grade students were randomly assigned to learn multiplication using software designed to vary the aural and kinesthetic experience while holding the visual presentation constant. The results reveal that both aural and kinesthetic interactions increased learning outcomes but in different ways and at different points. The paper concludes with a full discussion of the results as well as their theoretical and practical implications.
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