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ERIC Number: EJ1166075
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jan
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0007-1013
The Effectiveness of Digital Game-Based Vocabulary Learning: A Framework-Based View of Meta-Analysis
Chen, Meng-Hua; Tseng, Wen-Ta; Hsiao, Tsung-Yuan
British Journal of Educational Technology, v49 n1 p69-77 Jan 2018
This study presents the results of a meta-analytic study about the effects of digital game-based learning (DGBL) on vocabulary. The results of the study showed that the effects of DGBL on vocabulary learning may vary with game design features (Q = 5.857, df = 1, p = 0.016), but not with learners' age (Q = 0.906, df = 1, p = 0.341) or linguistic background (Q = 0.0001, df = 1, p = 0.994). In light of the research findings, Csikszentmihalyi's (1990) Flow Theory was adopted to theorize the role of game design in DGBL. It is proposed that a hierarchy should exist on the "challenge" axis in the Flow Theory, with adventure-oriented games above non-adventure-based games along the "challenge" axis. The theoretical underpinning is that the dynamic equilibrium between challenge and abilities can function independently of the effects of learners' age and linguistic background.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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