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Summary of a Literature Review on The Effectiveness of Instructional Games by Robert Hays | Kapp Notes

Summary of a Literature Review on The Effectiveness of Instructional Games by Robert Hays | Kapp Notes | C21 learning: ideas and tools for teachers | Scoop.it

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Jenny Pesina's curator insight, January 15, 2013 3:28 PM

"...The conclusions are:

The empirical research on the effectiveness of instructional games is fragmented. The literature includes research on different tasks, age groups, and types of games. The research literature is also filled with ill defined terms, and plagued with methodological flaws. (This is still true today, the literature is highly fragmented.)
Although research has shown that some games can provide effective learning for a variety of learners for several different tasks (e.g., math, attitudes, electronics, and economics), this does not tell us whether to use a game for our specific instructional task. We should not generalize from research on the effectiveness of one game in one learning area for one group of learners to all games in all learning areas for all learners. (NOR should we generalize on the ineffectiveness of one game in one learning area for one group of learners to all games in all areas for all learners–in otherwords, games are high specific to a given content and group of learners)
There is no evidence to indicate that games are the preferred instructional method in all situations.Instructional games should be embedded in instructional programs that include debriefing and feedback so the learners understand what happened in the game and how these events support the instructional objectives.Instructional support to help learners understand how to use the game increases the instructional effectiveness of the gaming experience by allowing learners to focus on the instructional information rather than the requirements of the game..."
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Integrated reality: Presentation at Academic Librarians 2012 Conference, Syracuse University, June 12-13 http://www.nyla-asls.org/AcademicLibrariansConference...

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