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Learning in school and out: Formal and informal experiences with computer games in mathematical contexts

N Yelland

Learning in school, home and community: ICT for early and elementary education | IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology | Kluwer | Published : 2003


This paper presents the results of a study investigating the mathematical understandings, social processes and features of computer software that most appealed to children of primary school age. The study was conducted in both school and after-school contexts where computer games were used in different settings. The data reported here pertain to the out-of-school component of the study. The children attended a suburban primary school in a large urban area in Australia, and, in the after-school program located on the site, were free to choose and use the software in any way that they desired. The results of the study revealed that the children enjoyed games that had a narrative content and ac..

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