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ERIC Number: ED600769
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Digital Life, Mathematical Skills and Cognitive Processes
Mascia, Maria Lidia; Perrone, Simona; Bardi, Dianora; Agus, Mirian; Penna, Maria Pietronilla; Lucangeli, Daniela
International Association for Development of the Information Society, Paper presented at the International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age (CELDA) (15th, Budapest, Hungary, Oct 21-23, 2018)
A consistent part of the literature shows the significant role of digital experience in digital natives' cognitive processes. The main goal of the current study was to investigate the impact of digital learning on the improvement of mathematical skills and on some change in cognitive processes in 166 primary school children from schools located in different parts of Italy. Participants were divided in two group: one group experienced the study of math mainly through digital tools, the other spent more time on pencil-and-paper trainings. All our participants were assessed with a battery of tests measuring numerical and cognitive abilities. Our results suggest the positive effect of a different type of training for the empowerment of visuo-spatial and numerical abilities. Specifically, effects of a digital experience are particularly evident in some specific numerical areas, such us accuracy, speed, semantic and syntactic numerical knowledge. Also, participants with greater experience of digital trainings score higher on spatial orientation. [For the complete proceedings, see ED600498.]
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 3; Primary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy
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