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ERIC Number: EJ1228464
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
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ISSN: EISSN-1528-5804
The Fun of Its Parts: Design and Player Reception of Educational Board Games
Greenhalgh, Spencer P.; Koehler, Matthew J.; Boltz, Liz Owens
Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE Journal), v19 n3 2019
Although board, card, and other analog games can serve as useful educational technologies, little research exists to support teachers' efforts in finding analog games that are pedagogically appropriate or likely to be well-received by their students. In this study, the authors retrieved data associated with 208 educational games from the crowdsourced website BoardGameGeek. They used this data to summarize players' description of games into 15 "themes," "mechanics," and "genres" that can support teachers' comparison and evaluation of analog educational games. They then analyzed how these design features influenced player reception of these games--as evidenced by game ratings on BoardGameGeek. To do this, they used two models: a hierarchical regression (features were nested within themes, mechanics, and genres categories) and a flat stepwise regression (features were all at the same level). Both analyses indicated that themes were parsimonious and significant predictors of game ratings, suggesting that the theme of an educational game may be an important consideration for teachers. The findings of this paper present helpful initial guidelines for teachers, teacher educators, and others interested in educational analog games; however, holistic evaluation of analog games and thorough consideration of their pedagogical potential are important.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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