Ndhlula and Vurayai
Greener Journal of Education and Training Studies Vol. 1 (1), pp. 001-008, October 2013.
Manuscript Number: 180913853
The Hidden Treasure: The Role of Darts in Acquisition of Mathematical Concepts
Douglas Ndhlula1* and Simon Vurayai2
1Lecturer: Early Childhood Development (E.C.D.), Great Zimbabwe University.
2Lecturer: Sociology of Education, Great Zimbabwe University.
2Email: vurayais @ gmail.com
*Corresponding Author’s Email: ndhlulad @ gmail.com
This study set out to explore the role of darts in acquisition of mathematical concepts. A case study was carried out in Mucheke Suburb, Masvingo Province, in Zimbabwe. Twenty participants (18 males and 2 females) from two teams in Masvingo District Darts Association were purposely selected to take part in the study. The researchers used interviews and participant observation to gather data since they also play for one of the teams studied. This study found out that darts are very useful in facilitating the acquisition of cognitive skills like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Players also acquire skills in carrying out combined operations and idiosyncratic algorithms. Besides acquiring cognitive skills, players also acquire psychomotor skills which improve their precision in target hitting. In the process of play, the researchers noted that individuals’ emotional skills develop as evidenced by virtues of tolerance, cooperation and acceptance of criticism. Irrespective of these benefits, the researchers noted that darts still remain a hidden treasure since they are mostly played in pubs with limited access to children and most of those who do not take alcohol. Arising from the findings were recommendations that, women and children should be given access to play darts since they are useful in mathematics education as well as human development.
Keywords: darts, mathematics, cognitive development, psychomotor development, emotional development.
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