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Sun, L., Ruokamo, H., Siklander, P., Li, B., & Devlin, K. (2021). Primary school students’ perceptions of scaffolding in digital game-based learning in mathematics. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, 28, 100457.

Primary school students’ perceptions of scaffolding in digital game-based learning in mathematics

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Author: Sun, Liping1; Ruokamo, Heli1; Siklander, Pirkko2;
Organizations: 1Media Education Hub, Faculty of Education, University of Lapland, P.O. Box 122, FI-96101 Rovaniemi, Finland
2Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, PL 8000, FI-90014 Oulu, Finland
3Learning Science Lab, Advanced Innovation Center of Future Education, Beijing Normal University, 12 Xueyuan South Road, Haidian District, 100082, Beijing, China
4H-STAR Institute, Stanford University, Ventura Hall, 220 Panama Street, CA 94305-4101, United States
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2021
Publish Date: 2023-04-17


The present study explores approaches to teacher scaffolding in digital game-based learning in primary mathematics classrooms as well as the effects on students’ perceptions of learning in a digital game in which scaffolding was provided. A total of 141 primary school students and four mathematics teachers participated in the experiment, and qualitative data were collected through classroom observations and student interviews. The results identified whole-class and one-to-one scaffolding strategies, both of which had an important effect on students’ learning activities and perceptions of mathematics in the context of digital games in primary education.

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Series: Learning, culture and social interaction
ISSN: 2210-6561
ISSN-E: 2210-657X
ISSN-L: 2210-6561
Volume: 28
Article number: 100457
DOI: 10.1016/j.lcsi.2020.100457
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Copyright information: © 2020. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license