Development of computer play pedagogy intervention for children with low conceptual understanding in basic mathematics operation using the dyscalculia feature approach

Nor Elleeiana Mohd Syah, Nur Azah Hamzaid, Belinda Pingguan Murphy, Einly Lim
2015 Interactive Learning Environments  
This study describes the development of a basic computer-based play pedagogy intervention using a dyscalculia-remedy-oriented approach such as repetition and number orientation manipulation, and the investigation of its effect on children displaying dyscalculia characteristics. This computer play was evaluated in a group of 50 seven-year-old Malaysian children, who were low achievers in mathematics subject and were divided into control and intervention group. The intervention group engaged with
more » ... the newly developed computer play for an hour per day for five consecutive days, while the control group attended normal classroom learning for the same time period. Overall post-test scores indicated that children from the intervention group performed significantly better than the control group after the fiveday intervention period by 57.9%. Number disorientation and arithmetic operation confusion, which are common amongst the children displaying dyscalculia characteristics, were also significantly reduced after the intervention. This implies that the children benefitted from the computer play. Interactive Learning Environments, 2015 http://dx.. The development of computer play for children with dyscalculia was her undergraduate project, and the project was then extended to be applied to children with low mathematical understanding in primary school. Her research interests include computer play therapy, computer-based pedagogy intervention and rehabilitation engineering. Nur Azah Hamzaid is a senior lecturer in the
doi:10.1080/10494820.2015.1023205 fatcat:susehuir2fg25ahsdvldsszcc4