## 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.

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 language | English |
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Title of host publication | Proceedings of the Eleventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (CERME11) |

Editors | Uffe Thomas Jankvist, Marja van den Heuvel-Panhuizen, Michiel Veldhuis |

Place of Publication | the Netherlands |

Publisher | Freudenthal Group & Freudenthal Institute, Utrecht University and ERME |

Pages | 2780-2787 |

Number of pages | 8 |

ISBN (Print) | 9789073346758 |

State | Published - 2019 |

Event | The Eleventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education - Utrecht, Netherlands Duration: 6 Feb 2019 → 10 Feb 2019 Conference number: 11 |

### Conference

Conference | The Eleventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education |
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Country/Territory | Netherlands |

City | Utrecht |

Period | 6/02/19 → 10/02/19 |