Combining collaboration and competition with prevocational game-based math education

Judith ter Vrugte, Ton de Jong, Sylke Vandercruysse, Pieter Wouters, Herre van Oostendorp, Jan Elen

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Abstract

The present study addressed the effectiveness of an educational math game for improving proportional reasoning in prevocational education, and examined the added value of face-to-face collaboration and competition. The study compared four conditions: the game with collaboration, with collaboration and competition, or with competition only, and the game without additional support. It was found that students’ proportional reasoning skill improved significantly after playing the game. Though results did not favor one condition over the other, they did indicate that the two factors (competition and collaboration) interact. This interaction is significant for students with below average prior knowledge, demonstrating a negative effect of competition on the effect of collaboration.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2015
Event16th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI) 2015: Towards a reflective society: synergies between learning, teaching and research - Limassol, Cyprus
Duration: 25 Aug 201529 Aug 2015
Conference number: 16

Conference

Conference16th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI) 2015
Abbreviated titleEARLI
CountryCyprus
CityLimassol
Period25/08/1529/08/15

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Keywords

  • METIS-313593
  • IR-98428

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ter Vrugte, J., de Jong, T., Vandercruysse, S., Wouters, P., van Oostendorp, H., & Elen, J. (2015). Combining collaboration and competition with prevocational game-based math education. Paper presented at 16th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI) 2015, Limassol, Cyprus.