ERIC Number: EJ927828
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Murder on Grimm Isle: The Impact of Game Narrative Design in an Educational Game-Based Learning Environment
Dickey, Michele D.
British Journal of Educational Technology, v42 n3 p456-469 May 2011
The purpose of this research is to investigate the impact of narrative design in a game-based learning environment. Specifically, this investigation focuses the narrative design in an adventure-styled, game-based learning environment for fostering argumentation writing by looking at how the game narrative impacted player/learner (1) intrinsic motivation, (2) curiosity, (3) plausibility and (4) transference of game-based experiences into prewriting activities. The methodological framework for this qualitative investigation is a case study with grounded theory methodology. The setting is an educational, three-dimensional, immersive game-based learning environment titled "Murder on Grimm Isle", used to foster argumentation and persuasion writing for Grades 9-14. The participants included 20 college students. The findings of the investigation reveal that intrinsic motivation, curiosity and plausibility were first supported by the game-like environment, and then sustained through the narrative and the environment. Additionally, game-based experiences were transferred into prewriting activities. Unanticipated findings revealed some student resistance. The goal of this research is to gain a better understanding of narrative design for game-based learning environments.
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Personality Traits, Investigations, Persuasive Discourse, Educational Games, Motivation, Prewriting, Educational Technology, Grade 9, Educational Environment, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Learning, College Students, Educational Research, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation
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