ERIC Number: ED067248
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Games and Teams: A Winning Combination.
Edwards, Keith J.; And Others
The effects of the combined use of a nonsimulation game and student teams in mathematics on student achievement were investigated. Ninety-six seventh grade students in two low- and two average-ability mathematics classes participated in the study. One low- and one average-ability class played the nonsimulation game Equations twice a week for nine weeks in addition to receiving traditional instruction. The remaining two classes received traditional instruction only. In the games classes, the Equations tournament was based upon team competition using four-member teams. Students were pretested and posttested with the computations subtest of the Stanford Achievement Test in mathematics and a divergent solutions test designed by the experimenters. Analysis showed that the experimental classes had significantly greater gains on both the computations subtest and the divergent solutions test. The low-ability experimental class obtained a posttest score on the divergent solution test that was almost double their pretest, while the low ability control class showed no gain. Learning rates were more similar in the two experimental classes than in the two control classes. (Author/DT)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for the Study of Social Organization of Schools.