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Title: Collaborative handheld gaming in education
Authors: Lim, Kenneth Yang Teck
Wang, Jason Y. Z.
Issue Date: 2005
Citation: Lim, K. Y., & Wang, J. Y. (2005). Collaborative handheld gaming in education. Educational Media International, 42(4), 351-359.
Abstract: This project describes the trialling of a new form of cooperative learning strategy, in the form of a game known as EcoRangers. EcoRangers is a multi-player game, designed to run on handphones, written specifically for education. EcoRangers is one of the first, if not the world’s first, instances of this totally new genre of pedagogical tools (ie, collaborative handheld educational games). In its current iteration, EcoRangers is designed to help students practise skills of relevance to the Social Studies syllabus for Grades 9 and 10 in Singapore's education system, specifically through the pedagogical strategy known as the Structured Academic Controversy, in which learners debate an open-ended problem from a variety of perspectives. The trialling was done in three secondary schools, among fifty Grade 9 students. These students were taken through two distinct fieldwork tasks in March to July 2004, with the game being introduced as part of a post-fieldwork activity.
Description: This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in the Educational Media International. The published version is available online at
ISSN: 0952-3987
Other Identifiers: 10.1080/09523980500237765
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