Do you wonder if computer games help your students learn science? The Board on Science Education (BOSE) at the National Research Council new report, Learning Science: Computer Games, Simulations, and Education, can help.
According to BOSE:
Games and simulations have potential to advance multiple science learning goals, including motivation, conceptual understanding, science process skills and understanding of the nature of science, scientific argumentation, and identification with science and science learning. Most studies of simulations have focused on conceptual understanding, providing promising evidence that well-designed simulations can advance this science learning goal. There is moderate evidence that they can motivate students’ interest in learning science and less evidence related to other science learning goals. Evidence of the effectiveness of games in supporting science learning is emerging, but remains inconclusive.
To learn more, go to the National Academies Press website.