Teaching Complex Problem Solving Through Digital Game DesignAmerican Educational Research Association (2016)
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.
- Complex problem solving,
- Digital game design,
- Afterschool game-design course
Publication DateApril 10, 2016