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Can Multimedia Make Kids Care about Social Studies? The GlobalEd Problem-Based Learning Simulation
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Computers in the Schools Volume 26, Number 1, ISSN 0738-0569

Abstract

This study investigated whether using multimedia-based instructional material in a problem-based social studies simulation enhances student learning about world issues, increases interest in social studies, and generates positive attitudes toward the instruction. The GlobalEd Project, a Web-based international negotiation simulation embedded in the middle school social studies curriculum, was used in this investigation. The study employed a quasi-experimental design with a multimedia group (MG) and a text group (TG). A total of 190 students participated in the study. Results indicated that students in the MG had marginally larger gains in knowledge and interest than their counterparts in the TG. In addition, students in the MG used the Web site more extensively than students in the TG. Directions for future research and multimedia developers are discussed. (Contains 6 tables and 1 figure.)

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Ioannou, A., Brown, S.W., Hannafin, R.D. & Boyer, M.A. (2009). Can Multimedia Make Kids Care about Social Studies? The GlobalEd Problem-Based Learning Simulation. Computers in the Schools, 26(1), 63-81. Retrieved November 22, 2019 from .

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