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Gwee, S. B. Y., Tan, E. M., & Ahmed Hazyl Hilmy. (2013). The effect of game design on game-play time and learning outcomes. The Asian Conference on Education 2013 – Official Conference Proceedings. Retrieved from
In this paper, we investigate the effect of the design of a social studies mobile game
on game-play time and learning outcomes of ninth-grade students. This social studies
game-based curriculum involved 41 and 36 ninth-grade students in the first and
second intervention studies using a mobile game played on Apple iPhones- Statecraft
X-to engage in governorship practices in the game world and in the classroom. After
the first intervention, modifications in game design were made to promote more
collaborative learning, and to encourage students to use diplomatic strategies in the
game. Survey data concerning social cohesion, diplomacy, power, agency,
collaboration, and game-play time were collected from the intervention at the end of
each intervention. Students from both intervention and comparison groups were also
asked to write an essay that was subsequently assessed by the criteria of relevance,
perspective, and voice. The results indicate that as a result of the change in game
design, students spent more time playing the game. Students also showed positive
shifts towards collaborative learning. There were significant effects of game design
on social cohesion. There were no significant differences in the quality of student
work between students in the first and second intervention studies. However, the
differences in quality of student work between the second intervention and control
groups were more significant than those between the first intervention and
comparison groups. This paper will discuss the importance of adjusting the game
design of serious games to enhance educational outcomes in the school curriculum.
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