Types of graphic interface design and their role in learning via mathematical applets at the elementary school

Eitan Ben-Haim, Anat Cohen, Michal Tabach

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Abstract

The research goal was to test the suitability of the character of the graphic design on the student's
achievements while engaging with mathematical applets for elementary grades. This quantitative
research compares two pairs of mathematical applets, which differ only by the type of graphic design;
in the extent of detail and the amount of distraction, while the mathematical problems are identical.
The first applet has animated graphics based on designs by Matific, a repository of mathematical
applets. The second applet was designed specifically for this research in a schematic and visually
simple version of the same activities. Students in the schematic graphics group made fewer mistakes
and needed less time to complete the activity than students in the animated graphics group. In
addition, students with lower mathematic ability succeeded better in the schematic group. No
differences between the two groups were observed regarding the level of students’ enjoyment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Eleventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (CERME11)
EditorsUffe Thomas Jankvist, Marja van den Heuvel-Panhuizen, Michiel Veldhuis
Place of Publicationthe Netherlands
Publisher Freudenthal Group & Freudenthal Institute, Utrecht University and ERME
Pages2780-2787
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9789073346758
StatePublished - 2019
Event The Eleventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education - Utrecht, Netherlands
Duration: 6 Feb 201910 Feb 2019
Conference number: 11

Conference

Conference The Eleventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education
Country/TerritoryNetherlands
CityUtrecht
Period6/02/1910/02/19

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