Mnemonics and Gaming: Scaffolding Learning of Integers

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Published literature and classroomexperience agree that students have difficultyunderstanding the basic concepts and principles ofintegers. This learning difficulty is attributed tostudents’ memory deficits and negative attitudestowards mathematics and teachers’ poor instructionalmethods. An integer operation card game combininggameplay and mnemonics was developed to address thisissue. The card game was tested for teachingeffectiveness in an experiment involving two groups ofGrade 7 students. Results revealed that theexperimental group outperformed the control group inoperating integers, and the difference betweenperformances was statistically significant. It wasconcluded that the developed card game andmnemonics effectively facilitated students’ learning ofinteger operations.

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Published literature and classroom
experience agree that students have difficulty
understanding the basic concepts and principles of
integers. This learning difficulty is attributed to
students’ memory deficits and negative attitudes
towards mathematics and teachers’ poor instructional
methods. An integer operation card game combining
gameplay and mnemonics was developed to address this
issue. The card game was tested for teaching
effectiveness in an experiment involving two groups of
Grade 7 students. Results revealed that the
experimental group outperformed the control group in
operating integers, and the difference between
performances was statistically significant. It was
concluded that the developed card game and
mnemonics effectively facilitated students’ learning of
integer operations.

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