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Does teaching children how to play cognitively demanding games improve their educational attainment? Evidence from a Randomised Controlled Trial of chess instruction in England

Jerrim, JP; Macmillan, L; Micklewright, J; Sawtell, M; Wiggins, M; (2017) Does teaching children how to play cognitively demanding games improve their educational attainment? Evidence from a Randomised Controlled Trial of chess instruction in England. Journal of Human Resources 10.3368/jhr.53.4.0516.7952R. (In press).

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Abstract

A number of studies suggest that teaching children how to play chess may have an impact upon their educational attainment. Yet the strength of this evidence is undermined by limitations with research design. This paper attempts to overcome these limitations by presenting evidence from a randomised controlled trial (RCT) involving more than 4,000 children in England. In contrast to much of the existing literature, we find no evidence of an effect of chess instruction upon children’s mathematics, reading or science test scores. Our results provide a timely reminder of the need for social scientists to employ robust research designs.

Type: Article
Title: Does teaching children how to play cognitively demanding games improve their educational attainment? Evidence from a Randomised Controlled Trial of chess instruction in England
DOI: 10.3368/jhr.53.4.0516.7952R
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3368/jhr.53.4.0516.7952R
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Chess, RCT, educational attainment, England
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Science
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1556447
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