The Impact of Video Games in Children’s Learning of Mathematics

Abdullah, Muhammad Ridhuan Tony Lim and Abu Bakar, Zulqarnain and Ali, Razol M M and Faye , Ibrahima and Hasan, Mohd Hilmi (2012) The Impact of Video Games in Children’s Learning of Mathematics. Waset Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, 64 . pp. 968-974. ISSN 1307-6884

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This paper describes a research project on Year 3 primary school students in Malaysia in their use of computer-based video game to enhance learning of multiplication facts (tables) in the Mathematics subject. This study attempts to investigate whether video games could actually contribute to positive effect on children’s learning or otherwise. In conducting this study, the researchers assume a neutral stand in the investigation as an unbiased outcome of the study would render reliable response to the impact of video games in education which would contribute to the literature of technology-based education as well as impact to the pedagogical aspect of formal education. In order to conduct the study, a subject (Mathematics) with a specific topic area in the subject (multiplication facts) is chosen. The study adopts a causal-comparative research to investigate the impact of the inclusion of a computer-based video game designed to teach multiplication facts to primary level students. Sample size is 100 students divided into two i.e., A: conventional group and B conventional group aided by video games. The conventional group (A) would be taught multiplication facts (timetables) and skills conventionally. The other group (B) underwent the same lessons but with supplementary activity: a computer-based video game on multiplication which is called Timez-Attack. Analysis of marks accrued from pre-test will be compared to post- test using comparisons of means, t tests, and ANOVA tests to investigate the impact of computer games as an added learning activity. The findings revealed that video games as a supplementary activity to classroom learning brings significant and positive effect on students’ retention and mastery of multiplication tables as compared to students who rely only upon formal classroom instructions.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
L Education > L Education (General)
Academic Subject One:Academic Department - Management And Humanities - Humanities and Social Sciences
Departments / MOR / COE:Departments > Management & Humanities
ID Code:8242
Deposited By: Dr Muhammad Ridhuan Tony Lim Abdullah
Deposited On:08 Oct 2012 00:07
Last Modified:31 Dec 2012 13:37

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