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How can a simulation game support the development of computational problem-solving strategies?
IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON 2017) (2017)
  • Nikolaos Pellas, University of the Aegean
Abstract
Game-based learning using interactive environments to impart theoretical and applied knowledge for introductory programming coursesis divided in two popular approaches: “game making” and “game playing”. Various studies have been conducted following greatly the former approach in secondary and tertiary education with controversial results. However, there has been relatively little research shown about how game playing can be associated with the development of computational thinking and how fundamental programming concepts can be supported by playing games. This work investigates how a simulation game should be designed to support the development of computational problem-solving strategies through the medium of learning fundamental computer science concepts, by proposing a theoretical game playing framework. 
Keywords
  • virtual worlds,
  • computational thinking,
  • computing education,
  • game-based learning
Publication Date
Spring April 28, 2017
Citation Information
Nikolaos Pellas. "How can a simulation game support the development of computational problem-solving strategies?" IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON 2017) (2017)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/nikolaos-pellas/22/