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Assessment and Learning of Qualitative Physics in Newton's Playground

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Journal of Educational Research Volume 106, Number 6, ISSN 0022-0671


Digital games are very popular in modern culture. The authors are examining ways to leverage these engaging environments to assess and support student competencies. The authors examine gameplay and learning using a physics game they developed called Newton's Playground. The sample consisted of 167 eighth- and ninth-grade students who played Newton's Playground for about 4 hr over the course of 1.5 weeks. Findings include significant pretest-posttest physics gains, and significant relations between in-game indicators and learning.


Shute, V.J., Ventura, M. & Kim, Y.J. (2013). Assessment and Learning of Qualitative Physics in Newton's Playground. Journal of Educational Research, 106(6), 423-430. Retrieved April 21, 2021 from .

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