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Can Educational Computer Games Help Educators Learn About the Psychology of Learning Mathematics in Children?

, and . 18th Annual Meeting of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education -- the North American Chapter, Florida, USA, (1996)

Abstract

Many children do not like mathematics and find it boring. In this paper we present some of our observations and findings on children’s psychology of learning mathematics in the context of computer-based mathematical game environments. Our findings point to some elements of computer games that satisfy children’s learning needs and motivate them to learn mathematics. In this paper we list eight such elements that, we believe, play an important and synergistic role in children’s learning. We feel that these games can help educators learn more about the needs of children when learning mathematics in general.

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