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ERIC Number: EJ810093
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
ISSN: ISSN-1093-023X
Problem-Based Educational Games: Connections, Prescriptions, and Assessment
Walker, Andrew; Shelton, Brett E.
Journal of Interactive Learning Research, v19 n4 p663-684 Oct 2008
The overwhelming success of the commercial game market has brought increased attention to emerging work in educational game design. Much of the existing work in educational games has a strong similarity to the field of Problem-Based Learning (PBL), which has a rich history of conceptual literature as well as empirical investigations. Despite apparent similarities between the two fields, there has been no formal effort to explore the connections between them. This article examines the basic tenets of PBL with an eye toward making prescriptive recommendations for the design and use of problem-based educational games. Examples within existing educational games are discussed in the context of PBL features and outcomes. (Contains 1 table, 6 figures and 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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