Investigating the impact of video games on high school students' engagement and learning about genetics

Leonard A. Annetta, James Minogue, Shawn Y. Holmes, Meng Tzu Cheng

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The popularity of video games has transcended entertainment crossing into the world of education. While the literature base on educational gaming is growing, there is still a lack of systematic study of this emerging technology's efficacy. This quasi-experimental study evaluated a teacher created video game on genetics in terms of its affective and cognitive impact on student users. While statistical results indicated no differences (p > .05) in student learning as measured by our instrument, there were significant differences (p < .05) found in the participants' level of engagement while interfacing with the video game. Implications on this emerging line of inquiry are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-85
Number of pages12
JournalComputers and Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Aug 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education

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