Fractions Lab Goes East: Learning and Interaction with an Exploratory Learning Environment in China

Mavrikis, Manolis; Holmes, Wayne; Zhang, Jingjing and Ma, Ning (2018). Fractions Lab Goes East: Learning and Interaction with an Exploratory Learning Environment in China. In: Artificial Intelligence in Education: 19th International Conference, AIED 2018, London, UK, June 27–30, 2018, Proceedings, Part II (Penstein Rosé, Carolyn; Martínez-Maldonado, Roberto; Hoppe, H. Ulrich; Luckin, Rose; Mavrikis, Manolis; Porayska-Pomsta, Kaska; McLaren, Bruce and du Boulay, Benedict eds.), Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pp. 209–214.



In a bid to better understand cultural differences and feed into the design of an exploratory learning environment for learning fractions in China, we conducted a study in three schools in Beijing. A mixed methods protocol was followed involving 186 children. In this paper, we report several results, including a paired t-test suggesting a significant difference between pre- and post-tests and effect sizes warranting further research. Beyond learning gains, we also report preliminary results from analysis of student interaction data that points to similarities as well as differences between UK and China. This is important because it helps us determine next steps in terms of the design, implementation and integration of the technology in the two contexts, and raises future hypothesis.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 58248
  • Item Type
  • Conference or Workshop Item
  • ISSN
  • 0302-9743
  • Keywords
  • Exploratory learning environments; Cultural differences; Gaming
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
  • Copyright Holders
  • © 2018 Springer International Publishing
  • Depositing User
  • Wayne Holmes