Testing the effectiveness of mathematical games as a pedagogical tool for children's learning

Bragg, Leicha A. 2012, Testing the effectiveness of mathematical games as a pedagogical tool for children's learning, International journal of science and mathematics education, vol. 10, no. 6, pp. 1445-1467.

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Title Testing the effectiveness of mathematical games as a pedagogical tool for children's learning
Author(s) Bragg, Leicha A.
Journal name International journal of science and mathematics education
Volume number 10
Issue number 6
Start page 1445
End page 1467
Total pages 23
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publication date 2012-12
ISSN 1571-0068
1573-1774
Keyword(s) achievement tests
decimals
games
mathematics
mathematical learning
pedagogical tools
Summary In an effort to engage children in mathematics learning, many primary teachers use mathematical games and activities. Games have been employed for drill and practice, warm-up activities and rewards. The effectiveness of games as a pedagogical tool requires further examination if games are to be employed for the teaching of mathematical concepts. This paper reports research that compared the effectiveness of non-digital games with non-game but engaging activities as pedagogical tools for promoting mathematical learning. In the classrooms that played games, the effects of adding teacher-led whole class discussion was explored. The research was conducted with 10–12-year-old children in eight classrooms in three Australian primary schools, using differing instructional approaches to teach multiplication and division of decimals. A quasi-experimental design with pre-test, post-test and delayed post-test was employed, and the effects of the interventions were measured by the children’s written test performance. Test results indicated lesser gains in learning in game playing situations versus non-game activities and that teacher-led discussions during and following the game playing did not improve children’s learning. The finding that these games did not help children demonstrate a mathematical understanding of concepts under test conditions suggests that educators should carefully consider the application and appropriateness of games before employing them as a vehicle for introducing mathematical concepts.
Language eng
Field of Research 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30049841

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