ERIC Number: EJ1002754
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
What Do Children and Adolescents Say They Do during Video Game Play?
Blumberg, Fran C.; Randall, John D.
Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, v34 n2 p82-88 Mar-Apr 2013
We examined the problem-solving behaviors that 5th, 6th, and 7th graders used to negotiate a novel recreational video game. Students were characterized as frequent or infrequent players and instructed to think aloud during game play for 20 consecutive minutes. Comments were used to make inferences about the students' problem-solving behaviors while playing. These comments were then linked to game performance. Among all students, the greatest number of comments concerned their actions and game events at a given point in game play. Females made greater reference to strategies for game play and process goals whereas males made greater reference to their evaluations of the game and when they reached an impasse. Among 5th graders, reference to impasse and rules for game play was linked to better game performance; among 7th graders, reference to insight about how to enact a specific move or circumvent an impasse was related to better performance. (Contains 5 tables.)
Descriptors: Play, Problem Solving, Inferences, Video Games, Grade 5, Grade 7, Grade 6, Children, Adolescents, Speech Communication, Gender Differences, Age Differences, Developmental Psychology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7
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