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ERIC Number: EJ943446
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0731-9258
The Role of Human-Technology Scaffolding in Changing the Dynamics of the Classroom
Grincewicz, Amy; Zydney, Janet; Jones, Paul; Hasselbring, Ted
Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, v30 n3 p229-249 Jul 2011
In developing "Math Pursuits," we designed a learning environment that helps learners connect mathematics to the world around them. The ultimate goal of this research was to design and assess a learning environment that incorporates distributed scaffolding, which enabled both human and technological supports. Pilot testing was conducted over 3 years with three fifth-grade classrooms from two Midwestern schools in urban and suburban environments. Through an iterative research cycle, we identified challenges presented by this goal and made modifications to the original learning environment. Through a qualitative analysis of videotaped classroom sessions, we noted a dramatic change in classroom dynamics, from a very quiet classroom with limited teacher-student interaction to a more interactive classroom where the teacher quickly scanned the room to provide the support needed by the students. Over time, as more technological supports were added to the learning environment, the support shifted from predominantly teacher-based to more computer-based, enabling the teacher to provide targeted, more in-depth support where needed. (Contains 1 note, 5 tables, and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A