Simulated “real” worlds : Overview of a doctoral thesis on games and learning in science education

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Publication Article, review peer-reviewed scientific
Title Simulated “real” worlds : Overview of a doctoral thesis on games and learning in science education
Author(s) Nilsson, Elisabet M.
Date 2010
English abstract
This paper presents an overview of a doctoral thesis exploring educational potentials of computer game play in science learning contexts. Three empirical studies involving 89 students playing the mobile game Agent O, and the COTS game SimCity 4 have been conducted, as well as a research review. The results suggest a number of ways in which computer game play can play a role in science education. Findings show that computer games may provide platforms for engagement in scientific practice, support authentic experiences, and constructively constrain students’ actions, by confronting them with simulated complexities. Computer game play is an activity of great variation, that can take many directions, and outcomes may therefore correspond to teachers’ expectations in some cases, while leading to quite different outcomes in others. It is noteworthy that during game play the students in these studies were primarily playing a game, not simulating a “real” world situation. They did not relate to occurrences outside the game world, unless they were specifically instructed to do so. Conclusions further indicate that instruction is a crucial factor, to benefit from potentials of computer game play in educational settings.
Publisher 東京 : 日本デジタルゲーム学会, 2007-
Tokyo: Japan digital game Society, 2007-
Host/Issue Journal of Digital Games Research;2
Volume 4
ISSN 1882-0913
Pages 39-36
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Science education
learning
mediated actions
empirical studies
Agent O
SimCity 4
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/19612 (link to this page)

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