Gender differences in students’ mathematics game playing

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Title Gender differences in students’ mathematics game playing
Author Lowrie, Tom; Jorgensen, Robyn Levenia
Journal Name Computers and Education
Editor R.S. Heller, C-C. Tsai , & J. Underwood
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract The investigation monitored the digital game-playing behaviours of 428 primary-aged students (aged 10–12 years). Chi-square analysis revealed that boys tend to spend more time playing digital games than girls while boys and girls play quite different game genres. Subsequent analysis revealed statistically significant gender differences in terms of the types of mathematics-rich games students prefer to play. Girls preferred to play games that required problem solving, quantitative computations and the interpretation of graphs. Boys preferred games that required visual/spatial engagement. Given the fact that boys outperform girls on spatial tasks and mathematics assessment items that contain graphics, this study has implications for the development of students' mathematics sense making.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2011.06.010
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Elsevier. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 57
Issue Number 4
Page from 2244
Page to 2248
ISSN 0360-1315
Date Accessioned 2011-09-21
Date Available 2012-02-10T01:39:27Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/41833
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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