Engaging Children with ABA Patterns on a Computer Tablet: Filling in the Blanks
Research in Mathematics Education Volume 20, Number 2, ISSN 1479-4802
Several studies have investigated children's engagement with repeating pattern tasks, but few have related to patterns with ABA as the minimal unit of repeat. This study focuses on identifying intuitive characteristics of children's work as they engage with repeating pattern tasks of different structures, focusing on the differences between ABA patterns and other patterns. The 11 children in this study are between the ages of four and seven years and are observed as they play with a repeating pattern application on computer tablet. A qualitative study of three children's interactions with the application, including an analysis of gestures, found that completing an ABA pattern was non-intuitive.
Tsamir, P., Tirosh, D., Barkai, R. & Levenson, E. (2018). Engaging Children with ABA Patterns on a Computer Tablet: Filling in the Blanks. Research in Mathematics Education, 20(2), 110-126.