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An Intervention Including an Online Game to Improve Grade 6 Students’ Performance in Early Algebra

Angeliki Kolovou, Marja van den Heuvel-Panhuizen, and Olaf Köller 

May 2013, Volume 44, Issue 3, Page 510

Abstract:
This study investigated whether an intervention including an online game contributed to 236 Grade 6 students’ performance in early algebra, that is, solving problems with covarying quantities. An exploratory quasi-experimental study was conducted with a pretest-posttest-control-group design. Students in the experimental group were asked to solve at home a number of problems by playing an online game. Although boys outperformed girls in early algebra performance on the pretest as well as on the posttest, boys and girls profited equally from the intervention. Implications of these results for educational practice are discussed.

Keywords:
Grade 5
Gender
Algebra
Grades 6-8