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Using Embedded Flash Interactives to Teach Science: Does Narrative Assist in Recall of Content? PROCEEDINGS

, , Rice University, United States

EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology, in Vienna, Austria ISBN 978-1-880094-65-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Abstract

The authors investigated whether using a narrative would facilitate science learning in an interactive multimedia game. Middle school students were randomly assigned to one of two conditions. Group 1 was presented with science content embedded within a storyline with characters who helped in the plot evolution. Group 2 was given an interface that presented the same science interactives absent the storyline and without any mandated order of play. Tests of science knowledge and measures of satisfaction were given three days after playing the assigned version. Results did not support the ability of narrative to aid recall and enhance learning for interactive multimedia games. On the contrary, middle school students who played the non-narrative version performed significantly better on the post-test; however, satisfaction with game experience was not significantly different between versions.

Citation

Miller, L. & Crook, A. (2008). Using Embedded Flash Interactives to Teach Science: Does Narrative Assist in Recall of Content?. In J. Luca & E. Weippl (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2008 (pp. 4740-4745). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

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