Engaging children with ABA patterns on a computer tablet: filling in the blanks

Pessia Tsamir, Dina Tirosh, Ruthi Barkai, Esther Levenson*

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Several studies have investigated children’s engagement with repeating pattern tasks, but few have related to patterns with ABA as the minimal unit of repeat. This study focuses on identifying intuitive characteristics of children’s work as they engage with repeating pattern tasks of different structures, focusing on the differences between ABA patterns and other patterns. The 11 children in this study are between the ages of four and seven years and are observed as they play with a repeating pattern application on computer tablet. A qualitative study of three children’s interactions with the application, including an analysis of gestures, found that completing an ABA pattern was non-intuitive.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-126
Number of pages17
JournalResearch in Mathematics Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - 4 May 2018


FundersFunder number
Israel Science Foundation1270/14


    • gestures
    • intuition
    • repeating patterns
    • touch-screen technology


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