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Video games are good for you!

This is the kind of report parents dream of – Video games are good for children: “video games can stimulate learning of facts and skills such as strategic thinking, creativity, cooperation and innovative thinking, which are important skills in the information society”.
It reminds me of Steinkuehler & Duncan’s Scientific Habits of Minds in Virtual Worlds (.pdf) where they address “the potential of games for fostering scientific habits of mind”.
People learn constantly – through games, strolling through a meadow, or sitting and thinking. It’s how we’re wired. The question for me is not whether we can learn through video games (we obviously can), but whether games are a more effective way of learning than other approaches.

3 Comments

  1. Satyaketu Patel wrote:

    Games may not be a perfect approach for learning but they are obviously better than some approaces like sitting in the classroom for hours and learning something.
    Not only that but is even of some entertainment as it mixes fun with learning.

    Saturday, February 14, 2009 at 12:53 am | Permalink
  2. Viplav Baxi wrote:

    We recently developed a game for sales professionals. There was a huge discussion of whether skills were transferable – if the decision making skills exhibited in the game context would actually help them solve the analogous real-world problems? Our way out was to contextualize the game theme by providing a couple of sample scenarios with game and really world linkages being explored before the learner started playing.
    Interestingly, our client believes that games are best suited for assessment rather than for learning. But that is one perspective.

    Sunday, February 15, 2009 at 8:17 am | Permalink
  3. forex wrote:

    i will have to concur with this topic due to fact that playing video games at a younger age has allowed to excel at what i do today. Games like final fantasy, playing without any cheat book your left with speculation only

    Friday, May 29, 2009 at 7:04 pm | Permalink