ERIC Number: EJ1137724
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
Using a Computer Game to Teach School-Aged Children about Asthma
Greer, Mary; Lin, Lijia; Atkinson, Robert K.
Interactive Learning Environments, v25 n4 p431-438 2017
The purpose of this study was to determine whether playing "Quest for the Code"™, a computer game designed to teach children about asthma, would help healthy children acquire knowledge about and attitudes towards asthma and whether the beneficial effects would be maintained over time. The sample consisted of 155 children from four middle schools who were randomly assigned to play "Quest for the Code"™ or a game about nutrition serving as the control condition. Data were collected on knowledge and attitude pre-intervention, post-intervention, and at follow-up four weeks later. The results revealed that children who played "Quest for the Code"™ were more knowledgeable and had more positive attitudes than their peers in the control condition. And these benefits were maintained on follow-up tests. Our findings indicate the effectiveness and potential of using "Quest for the Code"™ as a tool for asthma education in a classroom setting.
Descriptors: Computer Games, Teaching Methods, Diseases, Health Education, Educational Attitudes, Middle School Students, Control Groups, Student Attitudes, Positive Attitudes, Intervention, Nutrition Instruction, Comparative Analysis, Pretests Posttests, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona (Phoenix)