ERIC Number: EJ721919
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Reference Count: 12
Collaborative Handheld Gaming in Education
Lim, Kenneth Y. T.; Wang, Jason Y. Z.
Educational Media International, v42 n4 p351-359 Dec 2005
This project describes the trialling of a new form of cooperative learning strategy, in the form of a game known as "EcoRangers". "EcoRangers" is a multi-player game designed to run on mobile phones, written specifically for education. "EcoRangers" is one of the first, if not the world's first, instances of this totally new genre of pedagogical tools (i.e. collaborative handheld educational games). In its current iteration "EcoRangers" is designed to help students practise skills of relevance to the social studies syllabus for Grades 9 and 10 in Singapore's education system, specifically through the pedagogical strategy known as the "structured academic controversy", in which learners debate an open-ended problem from a variety of perspectives. The trialling was done in three secondary schools, among 50 Grade 9 students. These students were taken through two distinct fieldwork tasks in March-July 2004, with the game being introduced as part of a post-fieldwork activity. (Contains 4 figures.)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 9, Teaching Methods, Educational Games, Social Studies, Learning Strategies, Cooperative Learning, Telecommunications, Program Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 9
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore