Title

Is Educational Game Research Doomed to Fail?

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Tech Trends

Volume

52

Issue

5

Publisher

Springer Verlag

Publication Date

2008

First Page

74

Last Page

75

Abstract

Perhaps the largest criticism of education research in general is that despite the thousands and thousands of empirical studies, presented and published work, relatively little impact has been made as a result in our schools. I worry that game research is already following the same tradition as educational research in general. The repetition of work previously done pervades the conference schedules. How many times have I attended a session claiming to have built “new guidelines” for the use of animation in education, or the evidence of “increases in motivation” associated with formal gaming activities, or the debate of what a definition for “game” should be? When will we learn from past mistakes and move beyond such trivia?

Comments

Originally published by Springer Verlag. Publisher's PDF available through remote link.

DOI

10.1007/s11528-008-0202-5