The Role of Design Features in the Affordances of Digital Math Games

Patricia S. Moyer-Packenham, Christina Lommatsch, Kristy Litster, Jill Ashby, Allison L. Roxburgh

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This paper reports on a large clinical study with 193 children (Grades 3-6) who interacted with 12 digital math games during clinical interviews Children completed a pretest, interacted with the digital math games, completed a post test, and answered questions about their interactions with the games During the interviews, researchers used two video perspectives to capture children’s interactions and onscreen gestures Mixed methods were employed to analyze pretest and post test data and to examine how the design features in each digital game afforded learning opportunities for children The results showed that children exhibited different levels of awareness of the design features, some features helped or hindered different children, and children who were able to connect the digital games with the mathematics in the games exhibited higher learning gains

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference
EditorsE Langran, J Borup
PublisherAssociation for the Advancement of Computing in Education
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781939797322
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event29th Annual Conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education: SITE 2018 - Washington DC, United States
Duration: 26 Mar 201830 Mar 2018


Conference29th Annual Conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington DC

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