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Group Work with Multimedia in Mathematics: The Role of the Technology and of the Teacher

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This paper reports on a study involving the evaluation and use of the National Curriculum Council sponsored multimedia package World of Number. The project was carried out in a South Yorkshire comprehensive school during the Spring Term of 1994. The intended mode of use of the package was unclear from the initial evaluation and also from initial teacher feedback. In addition little attention seemed to have been given to the role of the teacher. Examples of episodes of classroom interaction between the teacher/researcher and a small group of pupils working at the multimedia system are presented and an interpretation, which takes account of the role of the technology and of the teacher from a Vygotskian perspective, is offered.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Mathematics Education Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, 25 Broomgrove Road, Sheffield S10 2NA, UK

Publication date: October 1, 1997


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