Learning and Earning: Working in College

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Mathematics is defined as the science of numbers in all their relations and applications. It has evolved from elemental practices of counting, measuring and describing the shapes of objects. Mathematics also deals with logical reasoning and quantitative calculation which primarily involved Natural numbers (Brittanica Micropedia, vol.7, Encyclopedia). Basic calculations used the four fundamental operations namely addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Other than the most basic concepts of math, these operations are encountered in everyday situation.

Despite the reality that math is integrated in our lives, a student sees mathematics as the hardest subject he/she encounters in school. Sometimes, finding ways to keep math practice fun can be a challenge.... Using games to teach math concepts and reinforce basic math skills is a fun way to incorporate repetitive practice into your homework routine (Elizabeth Wistrom, January 2011). According to an article of Jenni Way (November 1999), “We all know that children enjoy playing games. Experience tells us that games can be very productive learning activities.” Thus, board game can be incorporated as part of math class activity. When considering the use of games for teaching mathematics, educators should distinguish between an 'activity' and a 'game'. Gough (1999) states that "A 'game' needs to have two or more players, who take turns, each competing to achieve a 'winning' situation of some kind, each able to exercise some choice about how to move at any time through the playing". The key idea in this statement is that of 'choice'. In this sense, something like Snakes and Ladders is NOT a game because winning relies totally on chance. The players make no decisions, nor does that have to think further than counting. There is also no interaction between players - nothing that one player does affect other players' turns in any way. Oldfield (1991) says that mathematical games are...
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