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ERIC Number: EJ1214935
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2578-7608
The Effects of Gaming on University Student Quiz Performance
Andzik, Natalie R.; Gist, Corinne M.; Smith, Elle E.; Xu, Menglin; Neef, Nancy A.
Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education, v2 n1 p109-119 Spr 2019
The use of competitive games to increase classroom engagement has become common practice among many teachers and university professors. However, it is unclear if using games, as an assessment tool, is a viable way to increase student performance. This study examined the effects of administering point-earning quizzes through a game-based system, Kahoot!, visible to all in the classroom versus privately on an electronic device. The quiz scores of 56 undergraduate students, enrolled in one of two special education courses, were evaluated. A linear regression was used to compare student scores across the two conditions as well as performance over the course of a 15-week semester. No significant difference in quiz scores was found between the two conditions, and quiz scores in both conditions improved similarly over time. Sixty-eight percent of the students reported preferring to take the quiz privately on an electric device as opposed to on Kahoot! Limitations and recommendations for practitioners are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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