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Video games can be very powerful teaching systems, and game designers have become adept at optimizing player engagement while scaffolding development of complex skills and situated knowledge. One implication is that we might create games to teach physics. Another, which I explore here, is that we might learn to improve classroom physics instruction by studying effective games. James Gee, in his book What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy (2007), articulates 36 principles that make good video games highly effective as learning environments. In this theoretical work, I identify 16 themes running through Gee's principles, and explore how these themes and Gee's principles could be applied to the design of an on-campus physics course. I argue that the process pushes us to confront aspects of learning that physics instructors and even physics education researchers generally neglect, and suggest some novel ideas for course design.
Physics Education Research Conference 2012
Part of the PER Conference series
Philadelphia, PA: August 1-2, 2012
Volume 1513, Pages 70-73
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- Technology
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- Learning Theory
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Gee's Principles, PERC 2012, instructional design, instructional innovation, learning principles, video games
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I. Beatty, Improving Physics Instruction by Analyzing Video Games, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12665&DocID=3242>.
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Beatty, I. (2012, August 1-2). Improving Physics Instruction by Analyzing Video Games. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA. Retrieved October 25, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12665&DocID=3242
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Beatty, Ian. "Improving Physics Instruction by Analyzing Video Games." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, August 1-2, 2012. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12665&DocID=3242 (accessed 25 October 2014).
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Beatty, Ian. "Improving Physics Instruction by Analyzing Video Games." Physics Education Research Conference 2012. Philadelphia, PA: 2012. 70-73 Vol. 1513 of PER Conference. 25 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12665&DocID=3242>.
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