Games for Learning
Games for learning is a collective term referring to digital games that are purposefully designed to help players learn about a particular topic. A digital game is an interactive form of entertainment in which a player’s experience is mediated by computer software. Once limited to desktop computers and young boys, digital games are now popular across genders and ages on a large number of electronic devices, such as mobile phones, tablet computers, and specialized gaming consoles (Kafai et al. 2008).
Traditional classroom approaches to science education, with their focus on explicit formalized knowledge structures, seldom connect to or build upon people’s tacit intuitive understandings. Well-designed digital games, however, may serve to help learners build informal yet accurate understandings of certain concepts due to their situated and enacted nature (e.g., Gee 2007)....