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Exploring the educational potential of a game-Based math competition

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Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-28
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Game-Based Learning
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Abstract

The main aim of this article was to investigate the educational potential of a game-based math game competition to engage students in training rational numbers. Finnish fourth (n = 59; Mage = 10.36) and sixth graders (n = 105; Mage = 12.34) participated in a math game competition relying on intra-classroom cooperation and inter-classroom competition. During a three-week period, the students were allowed to play a digital rational number game, which is founded on number line estimation task mechanics. The results indicated that students benefited significantly from participating in the competition and playing behaviour could be used to assess students rational number knowledge. Moreover, students were engaged in the competition and the results revealed that intrinsically motivating factors such as enjoyment and perceived learning gains predicted students’ willingness to participate in math game competitions again. This article provides empirical support that educational game competition can be an effective, engaging, and a fair instructional approach.

Keywords

  • Assessment, Competition, Game-based learning, Number line, Playing experience rational numbers

Publication forum classification

Field of science, Statistics Finland