Effects of computerized mediation of analogical thinking in kindergartens

P. Klein, O. Nir Gal

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    Abstract  The current study describes an attempt to improve children's analogical thinking through the use of a ‘humanized’ computer program. This program was experimentally designed to incorporate several basic features of what has been defined theoretically and empirically as basic criteria of human mediation to children. The objective of the study was to examine the possibility of improving the educational benefits of using computers in early childhood education. More specifically, it was hypothesized that by introducing into a computer program basic features of human mediation, it would be possible to raise children's educational gains to the level of the gain achieved when they work with an adult mediator. Subjects were 120 Israeli‐born kindergarten children between 4.5 and 6 years old. Despite no differences in test scores between the two experimental groups a higher frequency of ‘stopping to think’ (in contrast to trial and error responses) was found in the experimental group working with an adult as compared to the experimental group working independently.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)244-254
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Computer Assisted Learning
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Dec 1992


    • Analogical thinking
    • computerized mediated learning
    • young children


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