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Title: Game-based learning as a vehicle for developing science inquiry skills using the Centauri 7 learning program
Authors: Chee, Yam San
Lee, Judy Lai Har
Keywords: Game-based learning
Science inquiry skills
Centauri 7 learning program
Play–Dialog–Performance model
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: Paper presented at the 17th International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE 2009), Hong Kong, 30 November to 4 December 2009
Abstract: In this paper, we describe how game-based learning can be used as a vehicle for developing students' science inquiry skills. Based on the theoretical foundation of the Play–Dialog–Performance model of game-based learning, we outline the Centauri 7 learning program and the learning processes that are entailed. Drawing upon a sample of post-intervention student reflections as a data source, we illustrate how enaction of the learning program challenges students' conceptions of what it means to learn physics. We also show how student how students' disciplinary and epistemic understandings are fundamentally transformed. Student learning is no longer just conceptual but also developmental. Learning is authentic as students imbibe the attitudes, values, and beliefs of scientists.
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