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ERIC Number: EJ1016554
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1436-4522
How Flexible Grouping Affects the Collaborative Patterns in a Mobile-Assisted Chinese Character Learning Game?
Wong, Lung-Hsiang; Hsu, Ching-Kun; Sun, Jizhen; Boticki, Ivica
Educational Technology & Society, v16 n2 p174-187 2013
This paper reports the impacts of spontaneous student grouping to develop young students' orthographic awareness in the process of learning Chinese characters. A mobile-assisted Chinese character forming game is used to assign each student a Chinese character component on their smartphones through a wireless network. Fifteen Singaporean students, all 3rd graders (10-year-old) studying Chinese as a second language (L2), were required to negotiate with their peers to form groups that could assemble eligible Chinese characters by using their respective components. The game process data and the transcriptions of focus group interviews were qualitatively analyzed in order to investigate the dynamics of student collaboration and competition during the games. In turn, the patterns of social interactions during the activities were identified, with a special focus on the varied impacts of the two grouping modes (allowing versus not allowing each student to join more than one group at one time) on the students' game habits.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore
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