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ERIC Number: ED518281
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
The Claims of Games: A Comprehensive Review and Directions for Future Research
Mishra, Punya; Foster, Aroutis N.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual International Conference of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (18th, San Antonio, TX, 2007)
Educational games have become the lightning rod for learning and preparing a future skilled workforce. Both the people, who argue against and for games agree that learning is possible, but what is learned is another issue. However, the claims about games for learning lacks substantial research and for the most part remains merely philosophical arguments. We report the results of an extensive review of these claims in the literature. Our grounded theory analysis leads to a broad two-fold categorization scheme (physiological and psychological claims) with the psychological group having four subcategories of claims. We discuss the strengths and weaknesses of existing research as well as point to areas for future research. In particular, we draw attention to the lack of attention paid to the demands of subject matter and argue for a greater emphasis on the development of technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPCK) in the design of learning games. (Contains 2 figures.) [This paper has been published as: Mishra, P., Foster, A. N. (2007). The claims of games: A comprehensive review and directions for future research. IN R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D.A. Willis (Eds.) Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education: 2007 18th International Conference. San Antonio, Texas, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).]
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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