Games are used in the Numeracy Development Project (NDP), a teacher professional development programme in mathematics. Teachers and parents agree that games help improve children’s knowledge. Students also find learning through playing games fun. However, many teachers are doubtful of how students learn mathematics through playing maths games and they want to be specific with the learning outcomes that could be obtained from games. The purpose of this study is to design a basic maths game model for learning fractions, specifically focused on the topic of comparing sizes of fractions. The learning objective of the game is to order fractions with like and unlike denominators from smallest to largest. A manipulative of fraction cards was made to test the game model in a group of Year 8 students. The objectives were to observe students’ learning processes in playing the game and to obtain students’ feedback on the game. The uses of the game for students with different mathematical abilities were discussed. The concerns of students were incorporated into the design of the basic maths game model to provide a significant framework for the development of digital maths games for learning fractions.
|Keywords:||Game, Fractions, Order Fractions, Game Model|
PhD student, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
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