Honors Projects


American students have continuously performed lower than students from other countries on multiple different standardized tests. New methods of teaching students are needed in order to help American students to develop a deeper understanding of the math curriculum. This article focuses on the impact that using board games as scaffolds has on student goal orientation. It is proposed that implementing the use of board games as scaffolds appropriately, and according to effective scaffold design framework, the games will support mastery goal orientation and a deep understanding of the concepts. Vygotsky’s socio-cultural theory of cognitive development supports the research and findings of this study.


Middle Childhood Education

First Advisor

Hyeyoung Bang

First Advisor Department

Educational Foundations, Leadership and Policy

Second Advisor

Jodi Devine

Second Advisor Department

Honors Program

Third Advisor

Diane Mott

Third Advisor Department

Mathematics and Statistics

Publication Date

Spring 2014