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University of Akron

1. Beatman, Thomas Robert. Integrating Game-Design Knowledge and Education Theory to Communicate Biology Content.

Degree: PhD, Integrated Bioscience, 2019, University of Akron

Civic scientific literacy requires communication between scientists and the public. To bridge this gap, scientists must acquire skills and knowledge from those who study science communication. Improving scientists’ communication of science requires better implementation and availability of science communication skill sets and tools. One such tool is the use of games, in whole or in part, as tools to improve engagement, motivation, and understanding in science learning. The appeal of games in learning traditionally is based on their familiar form and perceived value of fun to audiences. While modern research on games in learning focuses predominantly in assessing and quantifying motivation & engagement and learning outcomes, development of good game-design practices as a major tool in educational endeavors has been slow to develop, which can impact their usefulness.In this dissertation, I illustrate a number of theories of motivation and ideas that support the idea of using games in learning, followed by quantifying the lack of consensus on the differences between the numerous fields and terms, which describe the idea of using game to effect better learning outcomes. This is done using a novel variant of the item sort method, the Item Definition Semantic Sort. This method is also used to explore another set of fields and terms in a different format, and other methodological implementations are considered and describedThe second half of this dissertation presents a number of proof-of-concept projects which use gameful experiences in learning contexts. an advance organizer for field trips as part of a curriculum developed by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History that provides game-elements and competition to enhance student experiential learning in the classroom, a teaching-laboratory module utilizing an analog simulation to convey large-scale numbers and population growth concepts for non-majors biology students, and a game communicating how community watershed runoff and the development of harmful algal blooms interrelate. These products utilize numerous ideas and theories from educational psychology and informal education combined with game-design knowledge acquired through relevant communities of practice, to provide experience for developing good games in learning, and important takeaways and recommendations for stakeholders. Advisors/Committee Members: Duff, R. Joel (Advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: Biology; Education; Educational Psychology; Educational Technology; Design; Games in Learning; Science Communication; Informal Science Education; Card Sort; Biology

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APA (6th Edition):

Beatman, T. R. (2019). Integrating Game-Design Knowledge and Education Theory to Communicate Biology Content. (Doctoral Dissertation). University of Akron. Retrieved from http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=akron1561035477730081

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Beatman, Thomas Robert. “Integrating Game-Design Knowledge and Education Theory to Communicate Biology Content.” 2019. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Akron. Accessed September 19, 2019. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=akron1561035477730081.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Beatman, Thomas Robert. “Integrating Game-Design Knowledge and Education Theory to Communicate Biology Content.” 2019. Web. 19 Sep 2019.

Vancouver:

Beatman TR. Integrating Game-Design Knowledge and Education Theory to Communicate Biology Content. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Akron; 2019. [cited 2019 Sep 19]. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=akron1561035477730081.

Council of Science Editors:

Beatman TR. Integrating Game-Design Knowledge and Education Theory to Communicate Biology Content. [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of Akron; 2019. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=akron1561035477730081

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