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ERIC Number: EJ836851
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1436-4522
The Effect of LEGO Training on Pupils' School Performance in Mathematics, Problem Solving Ability and Attitude: Swedish Data
Hussain, Shakir; Lindh, Jorgen; Shukur, Ghazi
Educational Technology & Society, v9 n3 p182-194 2006
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of one year of regular "LEGO" training on pupils' performances in schools. The underlying pedagogical perspective is the constructivist theory, where the main idea is that knowledge is constructed in the mind of the pupil by active learning. The investigation has been made in two steps. The first step was before the training and the second after training. For both cases we have constructed and included control groups. A logistic model is applied to the data under consideration to investigate whether the LEGO training leads to improving pupil's performance in the schools. To analyse the opinion studies, GLM for matched pair models and the Quasi symmetry methods have been used. Preliminary results show better performances in mathematics for the trained group in grade five, and pupils who are good at mathematics tend to be more engaged and seem to be more successful when working with LEGO. The study has also shown that pupils have different learning styles in their approach to LEGO training. The role of the teacher, as a mediator of knowledge and skills, was crucial for coping with problems related to this kind of technology. The teacher must be able to support the pupils and to make them understand the LEGO Dacta material on a deeper level. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 5; Grade 9
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sweden