Using Digital Games to Learn Mathematics – What students think?


  • Su Ting Yong The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
  • Ian Harrison The University of Nottingham
  • Peter Gates The University of Nottingham



mathematics, digital games, gender, course, attitude


The aim of this study was to explore how university foundation students perceive the use of digital games in learning mathematics. Data was collected using an online questionnaire and 209 foundation university students participated in this study.  The questionnaire was used to explore students’ gaming experience and students’ attitude towards mathematics learning with digital games.  It was found that most of the university foundation students liked to play different types of digital games.  Males preferred playing digital games in more traditional male genres namely sport, racing, shooter, action adventure, role play and strategy games.  As for females, they generally preferred playing puzzle and simulation games.  Astonishingly, the foundation students were not very positive towards the use of digital games in learning mathematics, and their attitude was essentially influenced by their mathematics interest.  Students with greater interest in mathematics were more likely to support the use of digital games in learning. 


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How to Cite

Yong, S. T., Harrison, I., & Gates, P. (2016). Using Digital Games to Learn Mathematics – What students think?. International Journal of Serious Games, 3(2).