Card Game as a Pedagogical Tool for Numeracy Skills Development

Parmjit Singh, Teoh Sian Hoon, Akmal Md Nasir, Adlan Mohd Ramly, Palani K Veloo


Creating a positive attitude towards math learning is an important first step in shaping students’ interest in the internalization of mathematical concepts. Given the hypothesis that card games form a strong tool capable of shaping the aforementioned interest, this study has developed, validated and evaluated the effectiveness of a card game called Math Zap focusing on developing numeracy skills for students aged 12 to 13. The Research and Development model (R&D) was deployed in the development of Math Zap. In evaluating the game, a Quasi Experimental design and a descriptive design was utilized. The findings of this study indicate that the Math Zap card game is an effective learning tool to enhance students’ mental computation capacity in the areas of fractions, percentages and decimals. We believe that this game can be exploited for pedagogical advantages in the learning of mathematics particularly towards the development of numeracy skills.


Educational Games ;Numeracy Skills; Card Matching; Mathematics Education


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