Tangibles in the Balance: a Discovery Learning Task with Physical or Graphical Materials

Marshall, Paul, Cheng, Peter C-H and Luckin, Rosemary (2010) Tangibles in the Balance: a Discovery Learning Task with Physical or Graphical Materials. In: 4th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodies Interaction, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA.

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Abstract

An assumption behind much work on the use of tangibles for learning is that there are individual cognitive benefits related to the physical manipulation of materials However, previous work that has shown learning benefits in using physical materials often hasn't adequately controlled for the covariates of physicality. In this paper, we describe a study where we compared the effects on adults' discovery learning on a balance beam task of using either physical or graphical materials and with either control or no control over the design of experiments No effects were found of either the type of learning material or the level of control over the experimental design.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Depositing User: Peter Cheng
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:06
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2012 14:29
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29557
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