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Using an Educational Computer Game as a Motivational Tool for Supplemental Instruction Delivery for Novice Programmers in Learning Computer Programming
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, Penn State University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

This study uses an educational computer game and investigates its effect on students’ motivation toward computer programming. Twenty undergraduate students who enrolled in a basic computer programming course participated in this research study and were assigned to use one of two different supplemental instruction delivery methods for a three-week period. One group used an electronic quiz program and the other group used an educational computer game. More quizzes were added every week after students learned more computer programming knowledge. After the treatment, students’ intrinsic motivation was compared for the effect of using different delivery methods. Although the results did not show a significant difference statistically, the participants in the game group demonstrated higher intrinsic motivation, and the mean difference scores were approaching statistical significance as compared to participants in the control group. We suggest that the study should be administrated using more participants and the game should be polished to make it more appealing to undergraduate students.

Citation

Yeh, K.C. (2009). Using an Educational Computer Game as a Motivational Tool for Supplemental Instruction Delivery for Novice Programmers in Learning Computer Programming. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1611-1616). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 5, 2021 from .

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