ERIC Number: EJ1105964
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
My Entirely Plausible Fantasy: Early Mathematics Education in the Age of the Touchscreen Computer
Ginsburg, Herbert P.
Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, v5 n1 p9-17 Spr-Sum 2014
This paper offers an account of what early mathematics education could look like in an age of young digital natives. Each "Tubby," as the tablets are called, presents Nicole (our generic little child) with stimulating mathematics microworlds, from which, beginning at age 3, she can learn basic math concepts, as well as methods of calculation and number facts. Tubby presents Nicole with mathematics story books, which both she and her adult readers will enjoy. Tubby also offers guidance to parents and teachers on how to promote Nicole's math learning. On entrance to school, Nicole, along with her peers, experience an organized curriculum that includes real world activities, mathematics microworlds, interactive storybooks, and a textbook, all residing in peace and harmony within Tubby. Tubby has enough energy to help Ben, Nicole's teacher, to engage in multimedia pedagogy. Finally, Tubby conducts stealth assessment that provides Ben with actionable information on how to tailor his teaching to individual students and also eliminates the need for standardized achievement tests. The virtual world I have described is an attainable fantasy. But the real world stands in the way of the virtual. Without massive investments in professional development and teacher pay, and without a commitment to guarantee high quality education for all children, Tubby will dissolve into virtual nothingness.
Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education, Mathematical Concepts, Standardized Tests, Manipulative Materials, Educational Technology, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Psychology, Computer Uses in Education, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Curriculum, Young Children
Program in Mathematics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University. 525 West 120th Street Box 210-M, New York, NY 10027. Web site: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/jmetc
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