JUNIOR SCIENCE RESEARCH PROJECT - THE FRACTION LEARNING GAME KIT
1 CEIA - ISEC (PORTUGAL)
2 Ciência Júnior (PORTUGAL)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN15 Proceedings
Publication year: 2015
Conference name: 7th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 6-8 July, 2015
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:Fractions represent a hesitant issue for primary school children [1-4]. Some authors say that the understanding of difficulties in learning fractions is crucial as they can lead to mathematics anxiety, and affect opportunities for further engagement in mathematics and science .
The Junior Science ® – Science for Children – Project, that is being implemented in different private schools in Oporto, Portugal, since early 2013, is a didactic strategy that aims to slowly introduce children into the scientific methodology [6-9]. Aiming to overcome these realistic difficulties, and also the small amount of innovative resorts for instruction on the subject matter, our team designed and built a set of games named: the fraction learning game kit.
We have implemented these games, which have a gradual complexity, to an amount of 35 students aged from 7-8 years old from 3 different private schools.
After evaluating the knowledge students were getting from the contact with Junior Science ® – Science for Children Project’s methodology using the games’ kit, it could be diagnosed that, after an average of 2,5 hours of contact, there was a 36% improvement of the students’ knowledge on the subject matter and that 49% of them could easily sum and subtract fractions (53% of which had 7 years old and had never studied the subject).
We will continue our work in this issue with these particular students.
Our proceeding’s aim is to share the game’s details and further results from the assessment.
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Keywords: Teaching frations in primary school, game based experience, Junior Science ® – Science for Children.