Improving number sense in kindergarten children with low achievement in mathematics

Estibaliz Aragón-Mendizábal, Manuel Aguilar-Villagrán, José I. Navarro-Guzmán, Richard Howell

Abstract


The present study evaluated the effectiveness of educational intervention software, Playing with Numbers-2 on early mathematics learning. This software trains learning and mathematical reasoning skills, using an evidenced-based procedure. A total of 156 second-year preschool boys and girls (Mean age = 65.39 months) were assessed by the Early Numeracy Test (ENT), a computerized test to evaluate early math competency. An experimental design with control group and pre and post-intervention assessments was used. Significant differences between pre- and post- intervention for the experimental group was obtained average increase for ENT scores achieved by the experimental group was significantly higher than the control group. The effect size was also significant (d = 1.35; and r = 0.56). This educational intervention using computer-based software, while it does not replace face-to-face instruction, may help to improve the performance of young students at risk of developing problems learning mathematics.


Keywords


early mathematics; low math achievement; kindergarten; computer-based intervention.

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