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Mathematical games can make a difference: An intervention for children at risk
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics and Science Education.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics and Science Education.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics and Science Education.
2019 (English)In: / [ed] Jarmila Novotná, Hana Moraová, Prague: Charles University , 2019Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Children in public care are at risk not achieving academically to their potential. To support this group, Letterbox Club is an intervention program sending parcels with e.g. mathematical games to the children hoping this would increase their engagement to, and skills in, mathematics. We report of the effects of such an intervention where the LBC members were compared to their peers by pre- and post-test design. The over-all test results demonstrated promising effects, but no significant differences. However, certain tasks, especially subtraction tasks, stood out as LBC members had significant lower scores in the pre-test. There were also tasks where the LBC members improved significantly better than their peers. These promising results call for more studies of the effects of mathematical development by sending mathematical games to children in care.

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Prague: Charles University , 2019.
Keywords [en]
children at risk, intervention, mathematical games, arithmetic
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Educational Sciences
Research subject
Mathematics Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-172418ISBN: 978-80-7603-069-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-172418DiVA, id: diva2:1346893
Conference
International Symposium Elementary Mathematics Teaching (SEMT), Prague, Czech Republic, 18-22 August 2019
Available from: 2019-08-29 Created: 2019-08-29 Last updated: 2019-10-15Bibliographically approved

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