Title

Teaching Multiplication Facts Through Choice and Games

Date of Award

Spring 5-17-2019

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction

Department

Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Courtney LaLonde

Keywords

multiplication, facts, recall

Abstract

This research project investigated how students recall their multiplication facts. Three practice methods were used during the five week study. Students had a choice in which practice method they would prefer; flash cards, online fact games or partner practice using a deck of cards. Students were assessed over two, two week periods, after baseline data was collected. The study examined how game play impacts multiplication fact retention, as well as types of games that are beneficial to student learning regarding fact retention in math (online or card games).

The hypothesis was that students who had practiced their math facts by playing a game would increase their fact retention at a higher rate than those who did flashcards.

Findings reflected that a specific type of practice method did not have a greater outcome than another. The findings showed that student choice had an influential impact on motivation and increase in retention.

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