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
EditorsSu Luan Wong, Alba Garcia Barrera, Hiroyuki Mitsuhara, Gautam Biswas, Jiyou Jia, Jie-Chi Yang, Michelle P. Banawan, Muhammet Demirbilek, Matthew Gaydos, Chui-Pin Lin, Jin Gon Shon, Sridhar Iyer, Agneta Gulz, Chris Holden, Greg Kessler, Ma. Mercedes T. Rodrigo, Pratim Sengupta, Peppi Taalas, Weiqin Chen, Sahana Murthy, Beaumie Kim, Xavier Ochoa, Daner Sun, Nelson Baloian, Tore Hoel, Ulrich Hoppe, Ting-Chia Hsu, Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, Hui-Chun Chu, Xiaoqing Gu, Weiqin Chen, Jun Song Huang, Ming-Fong Jan, Lung-Hsiang Wong, Chengjiu Yin
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

Publication series

NameICCE 2016 - 24th International Conference on Computers in Education: Think Global Act Local - Main Conference Proceedings

Other

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

Keywords

  • STEM education
  • Spatial thinking ability
  • 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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