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ERIC Number: EJ1154641
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: EISSN-1479-4403
Gender and Cultural Differences in Game-Based Learning Experiences
Lukosch, Heide; Kurapati, Shalini; Groen, Daan; Verbraeck, Alexander
Electronic Journal of e-Learning, v15 n4 p310-319 2017
Games have been successfully used in educational settings for many years. Still, it is not known in detail which factors influence the use and effectiveness of educational games. The game environment, its technology, and other game mechanics are factors directly linked to the game itself. The player's experience with the subject of the game and/or games in general, his or her motivation and expectations towards the gaming experience influence the outcome of a game-based learning experience. Some of the personal aspects, like age, were already addressed in earlier research. Cultural and gender differences though, were not a main object of study in educational gaming so far. This study started from certain assumptions about differences in game play, related to players' cultural backgrounds and gender. Literature suggests that gender plays a role when it comes to game performance. This paper introduces outcomes of a study with a so-called Microgame, a brief game used to raise the awareness of interdependent planning operations. It shows that in this game, gender and culture make a difference in relation to the learning experience of the players, measured by game performance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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