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ERIC Number: EJ914031
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-1046-8781
Unpacking the Potential of Educational Gaming: A New Tool for Gaming Research
Wideman, Herbert H.; Owston, Ronald D.; Brown, Christine; Kushniruk, Andre; Ho, Francis; Pitts, Kevin C.
Simulation & Gaming, v38 n1 p10-30 Mar 2007
The article begins by reviewing the theoretical bases for the contention that advanced computer-based educational gaming can provide powerful learning experiences, and overviews the limited research on the use of such games. Although studies to date have generally supported their value, most of the published investigations have methodological limitations. Critical process data are typically not collected, and unreliable student and teacher self-reports are heavily relied on in evaluating the educational efficacy of many games. To address these and other limitations, the authors have developed research software that can remotely and unobtrusively record screen activity during game play in classroom settings together with synchronized audio of player discussion. A field trial of this data collection system in which 42 college students were studied as they played a coursework-related Web-based learning game is described, and the article discusses how the trial outcomes concretely demonstrate the methodological advantages the tool offers researchers. (Contains 1 figure and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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