Engagement and collaboration in the effectiveness of games for learning primary school mathematics
AL-Washmi, Reem (2016) Engagement and collaboration in the effectiveness of games for learning primary school mathematics. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
Since the arrival of the personal computer in the early 1980s people have been advocating the use of computer games in aiding teaching and learning. However the increasing prevalence of computers in the early years of the 21st century led to the introduction of the idea of the “digital native” – those who were born since the dawn of the age of the ubiquitous computer. It was then argued widely that this generation would now need to be taught using computer games and that conventional education was not working. This view has been modified since but there still exists arguments for the use of computer games in many areas of education. This thesis looks at the potential benefits of computer games in aiding the teaching of mathematics in primary schools. The particular focus of the research has been whether collaborative computer games if properly designed with the learning outcomes encoded in the game mechanic would be more valuable in promoting engagement with mathematics problem solving than other more conventional methods. A number of hypotheses were developed based on the current theories and designed to be tested for validity.
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