The Correlation Between the Time Spent Playing Educational Video Games and Students' Performance on Standardized Mathematics Test by Fifth-Grade Students

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D)


Educational Leadership

Date of Award

Summer 2013


The purpose of this correlational study was to determine if there is a relationship between the amount of time spent playing educational mathematical video games and the students' performance on their end-of-year standardized mathematics achievement tests. In addition, the study examined if gender, ethnicity, and/or socio-economic status of students who played educational video games impacted their performance on the standardized tests in mathematics. The results of this study showed that there was a significant correlation between the amount of time spent playing math educational video games and students' performance on their standardized mathematics achievement test. In addition, the amount of time spent playing educational video game Dimension M significantly impacted scores on the mathematics achievement test for economically disadvantaged students. Results of the study might help educators determine the needs for the use of mathematical educational videogames in the classroom. In addition, the decision to purchase educational videogames by school districts may be influenced by the results of this study.


Susan Szabo

Subject Categories

Education | Educational Leadership