Exploring the Learning Mechanism in Educational Games

Kiili, Kristian; Ketamo, Harri
December 2007
Journal of Computing & Information Technology;Dec2007, Vol. 15 Issue 4, p319
Academic Journal
The main aim of this paper is to evaluate the problem-based gaming model that tries to explain the learning process in educational games. The model was studied through Geometry game aimed for pre-school children (N = 24). The game relays on learning by teaching approach and involves AI-engine modeling the human concept learning structures. The qualitative analyses were used to explore participants' learning processes and gaming strategies. The results indicated that the model well describes the problem-based gaming process in which the reflection phase seems to be a vital factor. Furthermore, the changes in playing strategies were found to enhance learning.


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