The most important research studies on games

Here are eleven of the most important research studies to know regarding the value of video games for education. Many of these are adapted from a recent Games for Change Festival keynote delivered by Constance Steinkuehler. When compared to traditional learning, several studies have found that game-based learning is indeed better than traditional methods. Video games, in some circumstances, have been found to be positively correlated with well-being, such as this 2021 study on Animal Crossing players. When kids play together, it's a better experience. A study on motivation determined that when co-play occurs, outcomes are improved by 2 standard deviations. The content of games should be married to game mechanics. Rather than "bolting learning onto game mechanics," a 2011 study by Ainsworth and Habgood found that when educational content is intrinsically aligned to…
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