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Games as an educational resource in the teaching and learning of mathematics: an educational experiment in Portuguese middle schools. (English)
Int. J. Math. Educ. Sci. Technol. 47, No. 3, 463-474 (2016).
Summary: This article is based on an experiment using the game ‘Caminhando e Calculando’ (Moving and Calculating) in order to analyse the potential of the game as an educational resource for the teaching and learning of mathematics in Portuguese middle schools, where most students are 10 or 11 years old. Students’ data obtained during the games will be used to analyse the different options used for solving the game, identifying its potential and its weaknesses. We start with a theoretical analysis of games as an inherent element of human culture. Combining our innate desire for fun with the different types of teaching and learning styles allows for fun and knowledge to be combined into more efficient and meaningful types of knowledge. Playing games are a primordial aspect of what it means to be a child and they develop within a motivating environment; therefore, not to take advantage of games as a learning resource would be to neglect an important asset. With regard to mathematics, emphasis will be given to the advantages that this teaching and learning tool provides for certain mathematical processes, such as problem-solving.
Classification: D43 U63
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