Chun-I Chiang, California State University, Dominguez Hills, United States
California State University, Dominguez Hills . Awarded
Dinosaur Math, a software program designed for elementary school children, was developed to teach the basic arithmetic functions of addition and subtraction, utilizing animated effects in a game context. Dinosaur Math was pilot tested with twenty-six first, second, and third graders at Arcadia Chinese School (Los Angeles County). Ninety percent were Chinese-American with fluent English proficiency. Their families were middle- to upper middle-class in socio-economic standing; most had computers in their homes.
The study was conducted over four weeks, during which time the students had an opportunity to practice the software eight times. The results of the study indicated that the students who participated in the pilot test achieved significantly higher scores on the posttest than students who were not given the pilot program. In addition, most of the students reported a more positive attitude toward computer-assisted instruction than before they participated in the test.
Chiang, C.I. Dinosaur Math. Master's thesis, California State University, Dominguez Hills.
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