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ERIC Number: ED260792
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jun
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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A Study of the Possibilities for Reversible Actions in Software for Young Children.
Kuschner, David
A study was made of the extent and ways different types of educational software allow young children to manipulate their own actions and, more specifically, to engage in reversible activity. Part 1 of the study consisted of an analysis of the types of reversible actions two kindergarten children engaged in and the actions they wanted to engage in but could not because of the nature of the software program they used. Part 2 of the study consisted of an analysis of a number of software programs designed to be of educational value for children between the ages of 5 and 8 years in which the basic activity is the construction or creation of pictures on the monitor screen. Programs analyzed were Grandmas' House, Kids at Work, Kidwriter, Pic.Builder, Rainbow Painter, Stickers, Story Maker, and StoryMaker. Analysis focused on the transformational activity related to the development of mental reversibility: negation; modifying of objects and their positions, movements, and arrangements; and the placing of objects into relationships through combining, separating and rearranging parts and wholes. After a brief review of the Piagetian concept of reversibility, results are discussed. Concluding remarks focus on characteristics of optimal "constructive" educational software. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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