A pilot study on the effects of a tangible learning system for pre-service teacher training

Yusuke Morita, Toru Nagahama, Norio Setozaki, Keisuke Tajiri, Takeshi Kitazawa

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this pilot study was to discuss a possibility of a tangible learning system for pre-service teacher training. For the purpose of this pilot study, the tangible learning system was implemented and demonstrated in a science teacher training class. Then, comprehension test scores before and after the class and a mental rotation test (MRT) score were compared. 23 college students were divided into three groups based on the pre- and post-comprehension test scores; HH (12 High-High students), LH (7 Low-High students), and LL (4 Low-Low students). According to the ANOVA on the MRT, the LH students received an average score on the post comprehension test, however the LL students scored lower due to their lack of spatial thinking ability. The results of our study imply that the tangible learning system is effective for college students to understand the phases of the Moon. Meanwhile, the results also imply that there are some students who do not have enough spatial thinking ability. These findings stress the importance of taking students' spatial ability into account especially in science teacher training.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationICCE 2016 - 24th International Conference on Computers in Education
    Subtitle of host publicationThink Global Act Local - Main Conference Proceedings
    PublisherAsia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education
    Pages642-644
    Number of pages3
    ISBN (Electronic)9789868473577
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    Event24th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2016 - Mumbai, India
    Duration: 2016 Nov 282016 Dec 2

    Other

    Other24th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2016
    CountryIndia
    CityMumbai
    Period16/11/2816/12/2

    Keywords

    • Spatial thinking ability
    • STEM education
    • Tangible learning system
    • Teacher training

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Information Systems
    • Education
    • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
    • Computer Science Applications
    • Hardware and Architecture

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    Morita, Y., Nagahama, T., Setozaki, N., Tajiri, K., & Kitazawa, T. (2016). A pilot study on the effects of a tangible learning system for pre-service teacher training. In ICCE 2016 - 24th International Conference on Computers in Education: Think Global Act Local - Main Conference Proceedings (pp. 642-644). Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education.