ERIC Number: EJ1081955
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
Agriscience Teachers' Implementation of Digital Game-Based Learning in an Introductory Animal Science Course
Webb, Angela W.; Bunch, J. C.; Wallace, Maria F.
Journal of Science Education and Technology, v24 n6 p888-897 Dec 2015
In today's technological age, visions for technology integration in the classroom continue to be explored and examined. Digital game-based learning is one way to purposefully integrate technology while maintaining a focus on learning objectives. This case study sought to understand agriscience teachers' experiences implementing digital game-based learning in an introductory animal science course. From interviews with agriscience teachers on their experiences with the game, three themes emerged: (1) the constraints of inadequate and inappropriate technologies, and time to game implementation; (2) the shift in teacher and student roles necessitated by implementing the game; and (3) the inherent competitive nature of learning through the game. Based on these findings, we recommend that pre-service and in-service professional development opportunities be developed for teachers to learn how to implement digital game-based learning effectively. Additionally, with the potential for simulations that address cross-cutting concepts in the next generation science standards, digital game-based learning should be explored in various science teaching and learning contexts.
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Educational Games, Introductory Courses, Animal Husbandry, Technology Integration, Case Studies, Interviews, Curriculum Implementation, Professional Development, Simulation, Science Instruction
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