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  • Impact of Chess Training on Academic Performance of Rural Indian School Children  [CCP 2016]
  • DOI: 10.4236/jss.2016.42004   PP.20 - 24
  • Author(s)
  • Ebenezer Joseph, Veena Veena Easvaradoss, N. Josiah Solomon
  • The objective of this study was to examine the effect of chess training on academic performance of middle school children in rural India. The impact of chess on various academic courses was examined. The sample consisted of 100 students of sixth grade with an intervention group undergoing chess training and a control group. Statistical tests were carried out to examine whether the performance of students has improved after chess intervention. The results of the paired samples t-test analysis showed significant improvement in academic performances of students in English, social studies and science, after a year of training in chess skills. The study has important implications for education.

  • Chess Training, Cognitive Development, Academic Performance, School Children
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