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Using Computer Games to Teach Social Studies
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Datorspel i undervisning av samhällskunskap (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This study investigates the effectiveness of two computer games as learning tools in comparison to established learning tools teaching two different topics in the course Social Studies 1b of the Swedish Upper Secondary School Curriculum. The use of computer games in education is placed in the context of changing ideas of the aims for education systems in the 21st Century with regard to student skills rather than content, including digital skills. The findings indicated that using these particular computer games as learning tools for these topics was at least as effective as the alternative, more established, lessons. Focus group discussions with students after the study lesson indicated a preference for variation in teaching methods and the desire for learning activities that require active student participation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 56 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för pedagogik, didaktik och utbildningsstudier
Keyword [en]
computer games, serious games, teaching, social studies, secondary school
National Category
Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-183039OAI: diva2:561746
Subject / course
Digital Media
Educational program
Masterprogram i utbildningsvetenskap
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-10-25 Created: 2012-10-22 Last updated: 2012-10-25Bibliographically approved

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