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Title: Playful Learning Following Deviations: A Mixture of Tinkering, Causal Explanations, and Revision Rationales
Authors: DeLiema, David
Goeke, Megan
Hussein, Basel
Valerie, Jesslyn
Anderson, Craig
Varma, Keisha
Chen, Bodong
Salehi, Shima
Bernacki, Matthew
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: DeLiema, D., Goeke, M., Hussein, B., Valerie, J., Anderson, C., Varma, K., Chen, B., Salehi, S., & Bernacki, M. (2022). Playful learning following deviations: A mixture of tinkering, causal explanations, and revision rationales. In Chinn, C., Tan, E., Chan, C., & Kali, Y. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2022 (pp. 1421-1424). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: This work expands on process-based accounts of the intersection between play, learning, and failure. We examine middle school and college players navigating Baba Is You, a puzzle-based video game, based on prior scholarship in debugging and problem-solving. We document how players notice deviations, generate causal explanations, and revise their approach when problem-solving. Using qualitative interaction analyses and quantitative sequential analyses, this work shows how players approach the puzzle through persistent tinkering guided by generating causal explanations of game mechanics and providing revision rationales. In addition to nuancing the field’s understanding of the relationship between failure and learning, the study has implications for theorizing about and designing for learning through play and problem-solving.
Description: Short Paper
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