Master’s Thesis on the Effect of Employing Puzzles in Education

AMMAN – Researcher and Faculty of Educational Sciences student Bayan Hasan Aamar defended her thesis “The Effect of Employing Electronic Puzzles on Developing Fourth Grade Students’ Mathematical Procedural Fluency”.

Ms. Aamar aimed to demonstrate the effect of regularly using electronic puzzles in the classroom on fourth grade students’ demonstrated procedural fluency.

Ms. Aamar adopted a semi-empirical method to answer her research question. The study sample consisted of 100 fourth grade students from Al Rajjaha Elementary Mixed-Gender School in the Wadi al-Sir district in Amman, Jordan. The students were put into two groups; a control group who were taught using traditional mathematics teaching methods, and an experimental group that followed the researcher’s suggested teaching method.

Ms. Aamar found that electronic puzzles had an observable effect on improving students’ procedural fluency. Ms. Aamar also observed a difference between the average grades scored by male and female students, but this difference did not reach statistical significance.

Ms. Aamar recommended that teachers should use electronic puzzles when teaching mathematics as they have a demonstrated positive effect on students’ grades.

The thesis assessment committee presiding over this project was made up of Dr. Khalil Mohammad Al Saeed, Ms. Aamar’s supervisor, Prof. Mohammad Mahmoud Al Hileh, the MEU internal evaluator and head of the committee, and Dr. Mohanad Anwar Al Shboul from the University of Jordan.