ERIC Number: EJ1113786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Investigating Flow Experience and Scientific Practices during a Mobile Serious Educational Game
Bressler, Denise M.; Bodzin, Alec M.
Journal of Science Education and Technology, v25 n5 p795-805 Oct 2016
Mobile serious educational games (SEGs) show promise for promoting scientific practices and high engagement. Researchers have quantified this engagement according to flow theory. This study investigated whether a mobile SEG promotes flow experience and scientific practices with eighth-grade urban students. Students playing the game (n = 59) were compared with students in a business-as-usual control activity (n = 120). In both scenarios, students worked in small teams. Data measures included an open-ended instrument designed to measure scientific practices, a self-report flow survey, and classroom observations. The game players had significantly higher levels of flow and scientific practices compared to the control group. Observations revealed that game teams received less whole-class instruction and review compared to the control teams. Game teachers had primarily a guide-on-the-side role when facilitating the game, while control teachers predominantly used didactic instruction when facilitating the control activity. Implications for these findings are discussed.
Descriptors: Scientific Methodology, Handheld Devices, Educational Games, Grade 8, Urban Youth, Comparative Analysis, Measurement Techniques, Student Surveys, Observation, Control Groups
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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