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The use of dart in the development of mathematical language and problem solving skills

Firth, Anne (1990) The use of dart in the development of mathematical language and problem solving skills. Masters thesis, Durham University.



The research was designed fundamentally to answer questions about the role of computer programming experience for children and the level of importance attached to it in the primary school curriculum. In relation to this role areas targetted for investigation were the development of language competencies, improved attitude towards mathematics and the growth of transferable problem solving skills. During the course of the research the issue of gender presented itself. It could not be overlooked and was discussed at some length. The strong cultural association of males with computers and related gender issues in mathematics is an area which warrants greater research. Despite changes in personnel during the research period every effort was made to maintain continuity and progression. Unexpected difficulties caused by the change were dealt with as quickly and efficiently as possible. It must be acknowledged that the change could have marginally influenced the outcome of the study. As the research progressed significant similarities could be noted with that of Pea, Kurland and Hawkins, "Logo and the Development of Thinking Skills 1984". However on completion of this project it was found that no solid conclusion could be drawn from the results as some of the evidence appeared to be somewhat contradictory

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Award:Master of Arts
Thesis Date:1990
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:08 Feb 2013 13:41

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