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Developing an educational game to support cognitive learning

Developing an educational game to support cognitive learning

Kiernan, Mary, Kazimoglu, Cagin, Bacon, Liz and MacKinnon, Lachlan (2014) Developing an educational game to support cognitive learning. Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching, 3 (6). ISSN 2044-0081 (doi:https://doi.org/10.21100/compass.v5i9.119)

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Abstract

This paper outlines how an educational game can be used to support the learning of programming within the Computer Science (CS) discipline and reports on the qualitative results of a series of rigorous studies of the use of this game by first-year introductory programming students. Although this paper applies to the CS discipline, computational thinking (CT) as an intrinsic part of the games process is applicable to any discipline. This is because CT combines logical thinking with CS concepts to produce a recipe for solving problems, regardless of where a problem lies.

Many studies indicate that learning through educational games appeals widely to students, regardless of their backgrounds (Liu et al, 2011; Papastergiou, 2009). However, though many of these studies demonstrate enthusiasm for educational games and indicate that games can enhance motivation for learning, they offer very few conclusions about what students learn from playing them or whether or not they acquire cognitive abilities thereby (Denner et al, 2012; Connolly et al, 2011).

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Computing & Information Systems
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > eCentre
Greenwich Research into Innovative Pedagogies (GRIP)
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2018 10:28
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/17258

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