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Title: First Things First: Design Principles for Worthwhile Educational Videogames
Authors: Hickey, Daniel
Barab, Sasha
Ingram-Goble, Adam
Zuiker, Steven
Issue Date: Jun-2008
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc.
Citation: Hickey, D., Barab, S., Ingram-Goble, A., & Zuiker, S. (2008). First Things First: Design Principles for Worthwhile Educational Videogames. In Kanselaar, G., Jonker, V., Kirschner, P. A., & Prins, F. J. (Eds.), International Perspectives in the Learning Sciences: Cre8ing a learning world. Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference for the Learning Sciences – ICLS 2008, Volume 1 (pp. 350-357). Utrecht, The Netherlands: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Three design principles are advanced for multi-user educational videogames. First, they should support situative embodiment in academic knowledge, where personally meaningful activities and coherent narratives foster collective engagement. Second, they should offer multiple levels and forms of meaningful assessment and the opportunity to succeed, fail, and try again. Third, they should provide useful feedback that is used to enhance participation, learning, and curricula. These principles were developed in three annual design-based refinements of a 15- hour ecological sciences gaming curriculum in nine upper elementary classes. Across years, the situative embodiment afforded by the curriculum was refined with informal assessment, and innovative virtual formative feedback was incorporated around a key curricular activity. Results across years revealed incremental improvements in participation, understanding of key concepts, and achievement of targeted standards. The ultimate gains in understanding and achievement were larger than those in comparison classrooms that used a conventional text-based curriculum covering the same concepts and standards.
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