Share Paper: Children’s Use of Systemic Functional Linguistic Metafunctions During Digital Math Gameplay

  1. Allison Roxburgh, Utah State University, United States
  2. Patricia Moyer-Packenham, Utah State University, United States
  3. Emma Bullock, Sam Houston State University, United States

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between children’s language use during digital math gameplay and mathematics learning outcomes through the lens of Systemic Functional Linguistic (SFL) metafunctions. Participants were 77 third- and fourth-grade children (ages 9-10) who interacted with three digital math games during semi-structured interviews. Researchers collected quantitative (pretests and posttests) and qualitative data (interview video/audio). Data analyses included frequency tables of metafunctions and nonparametric analyses due to data being skewed. The Wilcoxon Signed-Ranked test showed significant differences in ranks from pretest to posttest in two of the digital math games. A Spearman’s Rank-Order Correlation ...