The design and use of a digital tool to support the development of preschool children’s logical reasoning

Kevin Larkin, Christina Lommatsch, Ilyse Resnick, Tom Lowrie

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Abstract

This article describes the conceptual development of a learning app, “Representations”, developed for preschool children (4–5 years of age). In this article we analyze how the app supported the development of logical reasoning via a variety of decoding, encoding, conditionals and debugging activities, which were supported in the game play by the children’s own user generated content (UGC). Research such as this is important as logical reasoning in young children correlates positively with later mathematics achievement. The learning app is used within a broader program, which also included a range of off-device learning. Data indicates the success of our design and implementation in terms of children’s engagement with the app and in terms of their early learning of important logical reasoning concepts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1080-1093
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Research on Technology in Education
Volume55
Issue number6
Early online date2 Aug 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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