ERIC Number: EJ1155342
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
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Influences of Gender and Computer Gaming Experience in Occupational Desktop Virtual Environments: A Cross-Case Analysis Study
Ausburn, Lynna J.; Ausburn, Floyd B.; Kroutter, Paul J.
International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology, v4 n4 Article 1 p1-14 2013
This study used a cross-case analysis methodology to compare four line-of-inquiry studies of desktop virtual environments (DVEs) to examine the relationships of gender and computer gaming experience to learning performance and perceptions. Comparison was made of learning patterns in a general non-technical DVE with patterns in technically complex, occupationally-specific DVEs. Two oppositely-gendered occupations were sampled in the technical studies: surgical technology and policing. The cross-case analysis confirmed in the occupationally-specific DVEs the gender effect in favor of males on spatial learning that has been documented in previous research literature. It also supported a gaming experience effect in favor of more experienced gamers, but did not clearly demonstrate a relationship between gender and gaming experience. Several implications and recommendations are presented for practitioners and researchers in adult vocational, career, and technical education.
Descriptors: Computer Games, Gender Differences, Case Studies, Virtual Classrooms, Learning Experience, Computer Simulation, Vocational Education, Occupational Surveys, Performance Based Assessment, Prior Learning, Predictor Variables
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