Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 7(9A), pp. 106 - 116
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2019.071613
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Exploring the Digital Game-Based Elements in Mathematics Education: A Meta-Analysis Review

Hemanathan Harikrishnan 1,*, Noor Dayana Abd Halim 1, Jamalludin Harun 1, Shalini Arjunan 2
1 School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia
2 Faculty of Language and Linguistic, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia


This paper is an attempt to analyze critically the existing empirical studies of digital game-based learning courseware in Mathematics education. The major purpose of this meta-analysis is to identify effective game-based element to customize an engaging learning courseware. The meta-analysis was done focusing on Mathematical subjects to understand how digital game-based learning affects the learners’ knowledge in mastering new Mathematical concepts. This article review is comprised of 17 empirical studies which were constructed on different framework of game-based elements. The findings revealed that there are twelve essential game-based elements namely fun, play, rules, goals, interaction, outcome, adaptive, winning conflict, problem solving, interaction and representation which are essential to create sense of engaging when adapting DGBL Courseware in Mathematics’ education. The systemic review enables the researcher to design a game model for Mathematics learning.

Digital Game Based Learning, Game Based Elements, Engagements

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Hemanathan Harikrishnan , Noor Dayana Abd Halim , Jamalludin Harun , Shalini Arjunan . "Exploring the Digital Game-Based Elements in Mathematics Education: A Meta-Analysis Review." Universal Journal of Educational Research 7.9A (2019) 106 - 116. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2019.071613.