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ERIC Number: EJ913745
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-1042-1629
Aligning Game Activity with Educational Goals: Following a Constrained Design Approach to Instructional Computer Games
Shelton, Brett E.; Scoresby, Jon
Educational Technology Research and Development, v59 n1 p113-138 Feb 2011
We discuss the design, creation and implementation of an instructional game for use in a high school poetry class following a commitment to an educational game design principle of "alignment". We studied groups of instructional designers and an interactive fiction computer game they built. The game was implemented in a 9th grade English classroom to see if the designed alignments were realized in the classroom. Results from observations and collected design artifacts suggest the alignment theory created extra challenges and rewards for the game designers. They encountered tensions between creating an exciting game-like atmosphere with inventive programming techniques while remaining loyal to the narrative structure and instructional goals. Game-play transcripts and interviews with middle school participants offered additional insights into the successes and failures of intentional efforts to bring about educational game "alignment".
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 9; High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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