CREATE releases study showing motivational impact of games

Math video games can enhance students’ motivation to learn, but it may depend on how students play, researchers at New York University and the City University of New York have found in a study of middle-schoolers.

While playing a math video game either competitively or collaboratively with another player—as compared to playing alone—students adopted a mastery mindset that is highly conducive to learning. Moreover, students’ interest and enjoyment in playing the math video game increased when they played with another student.

Their findings, which appear in the Journal of Educational Psychology, point to new ways in which computer, console, or mobile educational games may yield learning benefits.

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Press Coverage

Polygon (Nov. 8, 2013)
NDTV Gadges (Nov. 8, 2013)
Computer Magazine (Nov. 7, 2013)
Science World Report (Nov. 6, 2013)
informED (Dec. 3, 2013)

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