A1 Journal article – refereed
Moving mathematics out of the classroom: Using mobile technology to enhance spontaneous focusing on quantitative relations

List of Authors: Jake McMullen , Minna M. Hannula-Sormunen, Mikko Kainulainen, Kristian Kiili, Erno Lehtinen
Publisher: British Educational Research Association
Publication year: 2019
Journal: British Journal of Educational Technology
Journal acronym: BJET
Volume number: 50
Issue number: 2
eISSN: 1467-8535


Spontaneous focusing on quantitative relations (SFOR) has been shown to be a strong predictor of rational number conceptual development in late primary school. The present study outlines an intervention program that examines the possibilities to enhance late primary school students’ SFOR tendency. The intervention program harnessed mobile technology in order to allow students to explore and identify quantitative relations in their everyday environment, including situations outside of the classroom. A total of 38 thirteen-year-olds from two classrooms participated in the seven-week long quasi-experimental study. One classroom spent five lessons over five weeks participating in activities which involved uncovering, defining and describing multiplicative relations in their everyday surroundings. In comparison to a business as usual control group, results show the intervention to be successful in enhancing SFOR tendency. These results suggest that it is possible to utilize mobile technologies to enhance students’ awareness of the possibilities to use quantitative relations as explicit targets of focusing and reasoning in nonexplicitly mathematical situations.

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