ERIC Number: ED363277
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-15
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Effectiveness of a Computer-Based AIDS Education Game: BlockAIDS.
Johnson, Craig W.
This paper reports on a study of the effectiveness of BlockAIDS, a computer-based AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) education game that communicates information from the U.S. Surgeon General's reports on AIDS to adolescents, preadolescents, and young adults. Game response protocols were obtained from 3,000 BlockAIDS players at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Hall of Health Science. A random sample of 446 players responded to 4 questions about game impacts. The data showed that players gained significantly in knowledge about AIDS during game play. On average the games were played 5 to 6 minutes, during which time responses were made to about 15 questions on AIDS. As a result of playing BlockAIDS, about two-thirds of the players reported that they plan to avoid AIDS risks, know more about AIDS, and feel more comfortable talking about AIDS. Two statistical tables, one providing data about knowledge gains, the other analyzing participant responses, are appended. (Contains 8 references.) (KRN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas (Houston)