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A Gaming Perspective on Mathematics Education

, The University of Nottingham, Semenyih, Malaysia ; , The University of Nottingham, United Kingdom ; , The University of Nottingham, Semenyih, Malaysia

IJICTE Volume 14, Number 4, ISSN 1550-1876 Publisher: IGI Global


This article explores how motivation in computer games could be integrated into mathematics education. The scope of the study was confined to four motivation dimensions, namely challenge, control, complexity and collaboration. A phenomenology study was conducted with the purpose to obtain a common understanding of nine teachers and 11 students about mathematics education, particularly focusing on teaching practices and learning difficulties in mathematical problem-solving. Qualitative interviews have revealed that the existing mathematics education is built on drill-and-practice approach with Polya's problem-solving technique, i.e. exam-oriented, rote memorization and the use of predefined strategies. This approach to learning has failed to motivate students to learn (affective) and failed to develop an understanding and creativity (cognitive/metacognitive). Looking from a gaming perspective, mathematics problems should be challenging and complex, and students should be given control to carry out a plan. And finally, collaboration should be encouraged to enable reflective learning.


Yong, S.T., Gates, P. & Chan, A. (2018). A Gaming Perspective on Mathematics Education. International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education, 14(4), 85-98. IGI Global. Retrieved January 19, 2020 from .