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ERIC Number: EJ1164445
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2156-1400
Designing and Testing a Mathematics Card Game for Teaching and Learning Elementary Group Theory
Galarza, Patrick
Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, v8 n2 p9-18 Fall 2017
This paper explores the viability and development of the first edition of the researcher's mathematical card game, Groups, as a learning tool for elementary group theory, a topic in abstract algebra. "Groups" was play-tested by six undergraduate students in late 2016 who provided feedback on "Groups" from both utility-centric and design-centric perspectives. This paper addresses how well undergraduates with no prior group theory experience understand the fundamentals of group theory after playing several games of "Groups," and how well undergraduates with prior knowledge of group theory related the "Groups" game play and mechanics to the fundamentals of group theory. Based on interview and questionnaire data, players found "Groups" to be an engaging and effective learning tool with both strengths and weaknesses in the tested iteration.
Program in Mathematics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University. 525 West 120th Street Box 210-M, New York, NY 10027. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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