Board Game Studies Colloquium VIII
THE USE OF BOARD GAMES TO ENHANCE PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN'S PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS IN MATHEMATICS
The supervision of a few academic works of experimentation of an approach to
young children mathematics education through the use of board games. These
works were based on a mathematics education principle of problem solving as
the main learning experience children should be offered.
Typically, teachers would, for any of the board games, follow a path of:
The board games that were so far experimented were: chess, draughts, chess
draughts, dots and boxes, mastermind. The results of these experiments and
following discussion are presented and several recommendations are brought
- Teaching the rules Informal summary: Through the last 10 years the author
has been involved in of the game;
- organize informal sessions of play;
- organize a competition in the class;
- present problems in the context of the game.