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ERIC Number: EJ940153
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0898-5952
From the Research: Myths Worth Dispelling--Seriously, the Game Is up
Farrington, Jeanne
Performance Improvement Quarterly, v24 n2 p105-110 2011
When new media and delivery systems are introduced, they are often accompanied by claims that they provide increased learning. The temptation to ascribe learning powers to delivery systems is strong, as evidenced by repeated attempts over many decades to do so. A relatively new arrival, "serious games" are currently the recipient of much attention in this regard. In a new meta-analysis of learning in training programs with or without games, Sitzmann (in press) suggests that delivering training via simulation games enhances learning, while she also acknowledges that instructional methods--not delivery systems--provide the ingredients that facilitate learning. If blog posts and Internet articles provide a useful indication, many practitioners are furthering claims for increased learning and retention via serious games. These claims provide fertile ground for a new set of myths about this relatively new delivery system. Before choosing to invest in acquiring or developing serious games, decision makers should consider (a) instructional methods and (b) whether they will realize benefits from a cost and implementation perspective. They should not select serious games because of claims that the games will intrinsically enhance learning.
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Language: English
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