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An Introduction to Chess in Education

Chess in Education (CIE) focuses on chess as an educational tool. In a CIE framework, educators use chess and CIE methods to engage and equip students with academic and 21st Century skills. CIE can take two distinct forms: either as a curriculum subject with its own school time or as a transversal and interdisciplinary tool with chess integrated into other curricular subjects.

Characteristics of Chess in Education

Implementations and pedagogical approaches vary, but they typically involve at least one of the following:

  • Connecting chess to an area of the education curriculum, allowing teachers to engage student interest, differentiate for complexity, and encourage critical thinking in and beyond the classroom.
  • A focus on developing skills that are transferable from chess to other domains like math, literature, science, and engineering. Customized chess training that emphasizes the development of executive functions in children is one example.

More: find out about the theory and pedagogy that informs Chess in Education.

For a short video example of a CIE lesson, see

Teach Critical Thinking with Chess

on the Chess in Education – US website.

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