Study supports back-to-basics approach:
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Students perform best when introduced to questions scaffolding from Easy-to-Hard
A recent study by Johns Hopkins University has demonstrated that children who are introduced to maths questions which progress or ‘scaffold’ from Easy-to-Hard performed better than those who were introduced to Hard-First or in random order.
The children involved in the study were tested across a variety of maths categories including numbering, number comparison, calculation and numeral literacy using a simple computer game. As the results table above demonstrates, the conclusion was that the order of questions was the most critical factor in their performance.
The impact of feedback on peformance
Not surprisingly, another important finding of this study is that children need feedback, both positive and negative, to increase motivation and boost performance. “It seems that experiencing a growing sense of confidence in their numerical judgements motivated by feedback-driven attunement to the correctness of their own responses changed children’s numerical precision” (Wang et al., 2016).
Improving Maths Ability
In the study, researchers have disproved the idea that maths ability is static. “It’s not the case that if you’re bad at math, you’re bad at it the rest of your life. It’s not only changeable, it can be changeable in a very short period of time” according to Jinjing “Jenny” Wang, a graduate student in the Krieger School of Arts and Science’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.
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Reference: Johns Hopkins University. (2016, June 15). Simple Numbers Game Appears to Improve Math Skills in Kids. NeuroscienceNews. http://neurosciencenews.com/math-learning-games-4486/