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Relationship Between Children's Enjoyment, Mathematics Awareness, Strategies, and Learning With Digital Games

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The purpose of this mixed-methods study was to examine three potential mediating variables –Affect, Mathematical Connections, and Strategies – and their relationship between learning outcomes during interactions with 12 digital math games.
Results showed significant pre-post learning gains on 9 of 12 games. Children’s recognition of the mathematics in the games impacted their learning in most games. Children’s positive affect toward the games and children’s use of more sophisticated strategies when playing the games influenced learning in about half of the games. Three major themes (prior knowledge, gamification, and perseverance) all contributed to explaining these learning outcomes. Video data revealed that unique affordances of individual games, along with children’s personal attributes, combined to produce positive outcomes for many children.

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