Monday 19 January 2015


An hour of chess replacing maths made Danish pupils better at maths





Pupils are better at maths, if they drop one math class every week and play chess instead.


It is the result of a major research project from the University of Aarhus, where five schools in Aarhus participated.


The children were taught chess instead of mathematics once a week for ten months - and it paid off: The pupils in the classes that have played chess has had up to 30 percent greater progress in math compared with the classes who have not had chess.


Read more ... (in Danish)


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