Journal of The Learning Sciences
A journal article based on my PhD research has now been published in the Journal of the Learning Sciences. The paper entitled “Motivating Children to Learn Effectively: Exploring the Value of Intrinsic Integration in Educational Games” has taken over a full year to make it to print from the date it was initially accepted! It was written in collaboration with Shaaron Ainsworth at Nottingham University and provides empirical evidence for the value of taking a more “intrinsically integrated” approach to designing educational games. The results are based on a range of studies carried out using a purpose-built game called “Zombie Division” in which children learnt mathematics by doing battle with skeletons in a dungeon-based action-adventure game.
More information and research links can be found here and here but final year students lucky enough to be taking my “Serious Games” module next year will be exposed to my theories relating to my research into intrinsic integration in some detail. To anyone considering the idea of integration I would suggest playing both Questionaught (commissioned by the BBC and nominated for a BAFTA) and the Typing of the Dead demo from SEGA. Now ask yourself which one is chocolate-covered broccoli?
11 Apr 2011 / Jake / 0