Let the Game do the Talking: The influence of explicitness and game behavior on comprehension in an educational computer game


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Bergervoet, Erwin and Sluis van der, Frans and Dijk van, Betsy and Nijholt, Anton (2011) Let the Game do the Talking: The influence of explicitness and game behavior on comprehension in an educational computer game. In: International Conference on CyberWorlds: CYBERWORLDS 2011, 4-6 Oct 2011, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

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Abstract:An endogenous educational game is a game where the educational content is integrated in the game play mechanics themselves. These games rely on a constructivist approach to learning, where the learner constructs knowledge through concrete experiences. Endogenous educational games which are specifically developed for educational purposes mostly make this purpose explicit: they make it clear in advance what is about to be learned. This research tried to find out how such an explicit purpose influences the game behavior and comprehension by developing two versions of an endogenous educational game about overfishing, one with and one without an explicit purpose. It showed that children who played the explicit version got more shallow knowledge and showed more active game behavior. The players who showed more explorative game behavior acquired more deep knowledge about the game.
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Copyright:© 2011 IEEE
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Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/78278
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/CW.2011.30
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