Playing educational video games either competitively or collaboratively with another player can enhance students' motivation to learn, a new study has found.
"While playing a math video game collaboratively - as compared to playing alone - students adopted a mastery mindset that is highly conducive to learning, researchers said.
"Moreover, students' interest and enjoyment in playing the math video game increased when they played with another student.
"The findings point to new ways in which computer, console, or mobile educational games may yield learning benefits.
"We found support for claims that well-designed games can motivate students to learn less popular subjects, such as math, and that game-
based learning can actually get students interested in the subject matter and can broaden their focus beyond just collecting stars or points," said Jan Plass, a professor in New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and one of the study's lead authors."