MATHEMATICAL GAMES DEVELOPMENT, EFFECTS AND APPLICATION ON TEACHING AND LEARNING OF MATHEMATICS

Adenegan, K. E. and Adedoye, A. Z.

Department of Mathematics, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo

 

ABSTRACT

The study investigated the effect and application of mathematical games on teaching and learning of mathematics in primary and secondary schools. A total number of ninety (90) students were involved in the study. An existing game, ADEMMAK Arithmetic game which was developed by the author was used and applied to teach conceptual topics in Mathematics to the selected students. Two null hypothesis provided focus for this study. The works of different authors were reviewed. Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) was used for data collection, validated and its reliability was tested. The collected data were analyzed using t-test. From the findings, it was discovered that there is a significant difference in the academic performance of students using game approach and that mathematical games enhance the achievement in mathematics in primary and secondary schools than the conventional teaching approach, irrespective of the students’ sex and age. Some recommendations were given, among which include: mathematical games should be adopted in class as teaching aid by mathematics teachers, organization of training for mathematical teachers on the use of some mathematical games, curriculum planners should incorporate the use of mathematical game in restructuring mathematics in the country and ADEMMAK arithmetic game should be encouraged for teaching basic arithmetic operations, most especially at the early child numeracy stage.

 

Keywords: ADEMMAK Arithmetic Game, Mathematics, Teaching,