Ten most important research studies on games

Dr. Constance Steinkuhler delivered a recent keynote at the Games For Change Festival in which she highlighted ten of the most important research studies to know regarding the value of video games for education. When compared to traditional learning, a 2013 study found that games provide a 23% gain over traditional methods. The study found that games can actually can increase learning outcomes by two grade levels.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 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 the game elements, better learning occurs. Games are more powerful when they are…
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