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ERIC Number: EJ1053117
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2357
A Quest for Meta-Learning Gains in a Physics Serious Game
Verpoorten, Dominique; Castaigne, Jean-Loup; Westera, Wim; Specht, Marcus
Education and Information Technologies, v19 n2 p361-374 Jun 2014
This paper describes how a short, repeated and structured opportunity to reflect was integrated in the storyline of a serious game in order to stimulate the development of a meta-cognitive skill: the ability to self-assess the degree of confidence in own answers. An empirical validation of the approach, conducted with 28 secondary school pupils, delivers an uncommon pattern: while the cognitive benefits--the acquisition of academic knowledge in optics--are negligible and mixed up, the meta-cognitive gains present a raising tendency. The experiment also demonstrates that reflection does not necessarily hamper the game flow, if certain conditions, discussed in the paper, are met.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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