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Teaching Complex Problem Solving Through Digital Game Design
American Educational Research Association (2016)
  • Mete Akcaoglu, Georgia Southern University
  • Charles B. Hodges, Georgia Southern University
  • Philipp Sonnleitner, University of Luxembourg
  • Antonio P. Gutierrez, Georgia Southern University
Society is facing increasingly complex problems. Hence, it is essential that learners develop the ability to solve complex, dynamic problems. As a design task, game-design is a promising method of teaching complex problem solving. In this study, students who attended an afterschool game-design course showed significant improvements in their complex problem solving skills, as measured by an interactive microworld (Genetics Lab), system exploration, t(10) = 2.787, p = .019, d=.734; system knowledge, t(10) = 2.437, p = .035, d=.84; system application, t(10) = 2.472, p = .033, d=.746. The results of the current study extend earlier findings where researchers observed game-design to be an effective method of teaching problem-solving skills and add that teaching of complex problem solving is also possible.
  • Teaching,
  • Complex problem solving,
  • Digital game design,
  • Afterschool game-design course
Publication Date
April 10, 2016
Washington, DC
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