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ERIC Number: EJ1075563
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0256-8543
Assessing the Difficulty Level of Math Board Games for Young Children
Moomaw, Sally
Journal of Research in Childhood Education, v29 n4 p492-509 2015
This study investigated differences in difficulty among three types of math board games used as curricular materials in some preschool classrooms. Difference in performance between low- and middle-income children on the three types of games was also explored. Children drew cards containing one to five large dots; they then attempted to place an equivalent number of counters on a bingo-type board or move an equivalent number of spaces along a short or a long path. The sample consisted of 86 children of diverse race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status, age 3 to 5 years, enrolled in a licensed, urban preschool in the Midwest United States. A mixed-methods design was employed. Repeated measures ANOVA and post hoc testing showed that children scored significantly higher (p < 0.0001) on grid and short-path games than on longer path games. Head Start children scored significantly lower than middle-income children at age 3, but not at age 4 or 5. Qualitative data revealed mathematical behaviors that indicate when a child is ready to move to a more difficult level of game, as well as common error sources on long-path games.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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