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ERIC Number: EJ1112265
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2155-6849
Are Good Games Also Good Problems? Content Analysis of Problem Types and Learning Principles in Environmental Education Games
Lee, Yu-Hao
International Journal of Game-Based Learning, v3 n4 p47-61 2013
Based on theories from problem-based learning, this study content analyzed how educational messages are communicated to players in 108 web-based educational games. An argument of digital game based learning was also examined. Specifically the argument that good games will engage players with problems to solve, include more learning features to support problem-solving, and are more popular because of these learning features. This study found that the majority of games communicated environmental messages not as problems to solve and reflect upon, but as explicit values and facts to accept and memorize. The games that used ill-defined problems (i.e. multiple solutions) incorporated more learning principles than games that used well-defined problems (i.e. fixed solutions) and explicit facts. However, number of learning features did not predict game popularity.
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Language: English
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