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ERIC Number: EJ776071
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-1055-8896
First Steps and beyond: Serious Games as Preparation for Future Learning
Reese, Debbie Denise
Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, v16 n3 p283-300 Jul 2007
Electronic game technologies can prepare novice learners for future learning of complex concepts. This paper describes the underlying instructional design, learning science, cognitive science, and game theory. A structural, or syntactic mapping (structure mapping), approach to game design can produce a game world relationally isomorphic to a targeted complex concept. Such a game world should provide experiential and reflective gameplay to help learners form a preconceptual mental model of the targeted concept. A preparation for future learning (PFL) approach would follow gameplay with direct instruction. (Contains 2 figures, 1 table and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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