Brain training extended

21st March 2008 at 00:00
A study into the impact of a brain-training computer game on learning is to be extended.

The effects of More Brain Training from Dr Kawashima on pupils' maths ability will be scrutinised further by Learning and Teaching Scotland. More than 900 pupils in 32 schools will be involved in the project, which begins next month.

A small-scale study, carried out with P5 and P6 pupils at St Columba's Primary in Dundee, by LTS last year, found a daily session with the Nintendo game improved maths attainment, concentration and behaviour.

The pupils were given a maths test, then used the game for 20 minutes at the start of each day for 10 weeks. It challenged them to reading tests, problem-solving and memory puzzles. The pupils were then tested again, and results showed a 10 per cent average increase in scores.

LTS is working with HMIE and Dundee University on a larger study, to run from next month until June. Schools in Dundee, East Ayrshire, Aberdeenshire and Western Isles are taking part, with pupils at 16 schools using the game every morning and those at another 16 act as a control group.

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