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ERIC Number: EJ879786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 74
ISSN: ISSN-0735-6331
Adding Instructional Features that Promote Learning in a Game-Like Environment
Mayer, Richard E.; Johnson, Cheryl I.
Journal of Educational Computing Research, v42 n3 p241-265 2010
Students learned about electrical circuits in an arcade-type game consisting of 10 levels. For example, in one level students saw two circuits consisting of various batteries and resistors connected in series or parallel, and had to indicate which one had a higher rate of moving current. On levels 1-9, all students received a correct tone and had points added to their score for a correct answer, or an incorrect tone and a loss of points for an incorrect answer. Students performed more accurately on an embedded transfer test in level 10 if they also had to choose the correct principle for each answer from a list on levels 1-9 (self-explanation condition, d = 0.91), if they received explanative feedback that stated the principle on levels 1-9 (explanative feedback condition, d = 0.68), or both (d = 1.03). Results indicate the role of prompts for reflection and direct guidance as effective supplements to learning by doing in an educational game. (Contains 5 tables and 2 figures.)
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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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Identifiers - Location: California