Wednesday, 7 September 2016

PhD Student Seminar - Educational computer games and their impact on mathematics anxiety in University students

Educational computer games and their impact on mathematics anxiety in University students

Marc Bonne

Friday 16th September, 12 noon, RC-231, Information School, Regents Court

Abstract
Educational computer games have been shown to increase motivation to learn mathematics in university students, however little is known on how they impact on mathematics anxiety, a phenomenon known to reduce motivation to learn and hinder performance in solving mathematics problems. This study aims to compare mathematics anxiety levels in University students before and after playing an online mathematics game. A literature review was carried out identifying the known causes, symptoms and strategies used to reduce mathematics anxiety. A systematic literature review was also developed comparing existing mathematics anxiety scales used in previous research, with one selected to use in the study. Finally, a pre-pilot exploratory usability study was performed to determine which of three games would be suitable for use in the pilot and main study, revealing that timers, reward systems, and feedback used in games affect participant anxiety and confidence the most.

This event is free and there is no need to book in advance

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