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ERIC Number: EJ888618
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Playing Games in Class Helps Students Grasp Math
Cavanagh, Sean
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v74 n3 p43-46 Nov 2008
This article highlights the study which illustrates how an age-old board games that incorporate numbers and counting have led to better understanding of numbers by young students. Few family rituals have as fixed a place in the American household, and in the popular imagination, as board games, those impromptu or regularly scheduled contests played by parents and children on kitchen tables and living room floors. Now, a growing body of research is revealing the potential benefits of using board games in the classroom to strengthen the mathematics skills of children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Researchers revealed that exposing youngsters from low-income backgrounds to a simple board game that involves counting produced large and lasting gains in their understanding of numbers. The researchers found that at the end of the study, preschoolers' knowledge of math in four different areas of number sense had increased greatly.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
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Language: English
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