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ERIC Number: EJ1164729
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1088-8691
Perspective Taking and Decision-Making in Educational Game Play: A Mixed-Methods Study
Hilliard, Lacey J.; Buckingham, Mary H.; Geldhof, G. John; Gansert, Patricia; Stack, Caroline; Gelgoot, Erin S.; Bers, Marina U.; Lerner, Richard M.
Applied Developmental Science, v22 n1 p1-13 2018
Video games have the potential to be contexts for moral learning. We investigated whether "Quandary," a video game designed to promote ethical thinking and moral considerations for decision-making, would help promote positive skills such as perspective taking and empathy in adolescents. We examined the effect of playing "Quandary" on 131 middle school students on self-reported measures of moral thinking via mixed-method randomized control trials. In addition, we conducted qualitative analyses of one-on-one participant interviews and short-answer responses to capture experiences and reflections from playing "Quandary," as well as the depth in which students across conditions responded to the interview questions. We found that short-term quantitative indicators did not show change across conditions; however, qualitative analyses revealed thematic responses that are consistent with the core components of the "Quandary" game, and that students in the "Quandary" condition showed a greater depth of response to interview questions. This work is a first step in exploring the potential for virtual game play on children's social, emotional, and cognitive development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Interpersonal Reactivity Index
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