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ERIC Number: EJ1127918
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2167-3454
The Effectiveness of Learning Geography Using Computer-Based Games
Prell, Jerry; Nelson, William R.; Foshay, John
Journal of Special Education Apprenticeship, v1 n2 Nov 2012
Eighty, seventh grade students attending a suburban middle school in southern Connecticut participated in the study evaluating the effectiveness of computer based geography games on student motivation and achievement. Using Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) Scores and baseline U.S.A scores as criteria to develop matched pairs, students were divided so that the control group played's States Level 3 and the experimental group played States Level 6. According to the data collected, States Level 3 and States Level 6 are significantly effective instructional tools that students enjoyed playing. CMT scores in spatial reasoning did not prove strong predictors of students' performance whereas U.S.A. baseline testing was a strong indicator in two of three categories. Results support the use of computer-based games to increase student motivation and social studies achievement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 8; Elementary Education; Grade 7
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Connecticut Mastery Testing Program
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