San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
25.1360.1 - 25.1360.9
Abstract Title:Tinkering to introduce technology, developing an instrument to measure student’s playpreferencesThis purpose of this research is to determine if a student could be identified to prefer hands-onactivity and problem solving skills - “tinkering”, to other forms of play. Engineers, scientists andtechnologists may take objects apart and put them back together to learn about the object. Fromthere, they may try to invent a new object from something that they have experienced. Thepeople that are doing such actions are called “tinkerers” (Spinner, 2007). A vast amount ofresearch has been done on the effects of play on learning. Some believe that play is just exertingenergy; while others have shown that learning is occurring during play. Research hasinvestigated the pros and cons of the time spent in play versus structured guided activities. Thegoal of this project is to investigate the correlation of “tinkering” to interest in STEM areas ofeducation. A pilot project developed and tested an assessment tool that could be used todetermine a students’ preference. The project used a visual tool developed by the researchers.The tool was utilized in an international preschool on the XXXX campus. The preschool is acommon place to pilot research and allows ease of access and cooperation with teachers. Resultsof the study were compared to teacher knowledge of the students. The scientific design,methodology, and results are discussed in this paper.
Koch, D. C., & Johnson, M. E. (2012, June), Tinkering to Introduce Technology, Developing an Instrument to Measure Student’s Play Preferences Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--22117
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