Simulating a “real” world or playing a game? Students playing a COTS game in the science classroom

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Title Simulating a “real” world or playing a game? Students playing a COTS game in the science classroom
Author(s) Nilsson, Elisabet M. ; Svingby, Gunilla
Date 2012
Editor(s) Cai, Yiyu
English abstract
Thirty students aged 13-15 were observed at school when playing the COTS computer game SimCity 4 with the mission to create sustainable cities. The aim was to study students’ use of scientific concepts, theories, and processes during gameplay. The analysis demonstrates that the gaming students were engaged in what can be described as scientific practice. They were exploring, penetrating and manipulating the game mechanics, thus demonstrating understanding of the interdependency of factors in the system. This was, however, mostly done in a rather unsystematic way. Students did observe and discuss the results of their actions, and according to later decisions also learned from them, but formal analyses or conclusions were largely lacking. They treated the gameplay as part of the school task, and the game as a virtual dynamic system rather than as a simulated real world. The results illustrate the assumption that computer gameplay in school needs to be contextualised in a way that enables the students to make sense of the educationally relevant content.
Publisher Nova Sciences Publishers
Host/Issue Interactive and Digital Media for Education in Virtual Learning Environments
ISBN 978-1-61668-844-8
Pages 19-33
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Computer games
SimCity 4
learning
scientific practice
observation studies
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/19981 (link to this page)
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