Fostering science teachers' design for inquiry-based learning by using a serious game

Lameras, Petros, Savin-Baden, Maggi, Petridis, Panagiotis, Dunwell, Ian and Liarokapis, Fotis (2014). Fostering science teachers' design for inquiry-based learning by using a serious game. IN: Proceedings - IEEE 14th International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2014. IEEE.

Abstract

There is wide consensus internationally amongst scientific communities that Inquiry-Based Learning can be employed to foster acquisition of clearly defined, 'certain' knowledge such as the conceptual foundations of a scientific discipline. Alternatively, it can be used to engage students with uncertainty, multiple perspectives and contestation through exploration of scientific problems. In order to enact inquiry-based learning effectively, science teachers need to be aware of how to design inquiry-based learning activities and the most effective ways of facilitating inquiry-based learning in the classroom. This paper, presents Sim AULA, a serious game for helping science teachers to create engaging activities for involving students in inquiry-based quests. The paper proposes a cyclical model comprising seven inquiry steps or phases and translates these steps into practical inquiry-based activities performed in the serious game. Sim AULA's overarching architecture is presented in the context of the in-game inquiry-based learning activities, which will be implemented and evaluated in a number of schools across Europe.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/ICALT.2014.71
Divisions: Aston Business School > Operations & information management research group
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Event Title: 14th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2014
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2014-07-07 - 2014-07-09
Uncontrolled Keywords: inquiry-based learning,science,serious games,teacher training,Computer Networks and Communications,Education
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Published Date: 2014-09-17
Authors: Lameras, Petros
Savin-Baden, Maggi
Petridis, Panagiotis ( 0000-0003-3593-8261)
Dunwell, Ian
Liarokapis, Fotis

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