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Can a diary, rats and a magical walkie-talkie help teach children about source criticism?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis explores the potential that surrounds educational gaming in teaching source criticism to primary school students. It investigates if the introduction of a constructivist guide increases the level of skills in this field and whether historical source criticism can be taught through a computer game. Designed as an addition to an existing game created by the Education Technology Group (ETG) were two versions; one of which contained the addition of constructivist teaching methods. Testing was conducted with two classes of students, who played the game and completed pre and post testing, evaluating their knowledge of source criticism. According to the data collected, no significant difference in knowledge existed after the game had been played, however several ideas about how source criticism could be utilised within educational games can still be suggested.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 58 p.
IT, 16031
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-297840OAI: diva2:943707
Educational program
Master Programme in Human-Computer Interaction
Available from: 2016-06-28 Created: 2016-06-28 Last updated: 2016-06-28Bibliographically approved

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