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Sun, L., Ruokamo, H., Kangas, M., & Siklander, P. (2022). Effects of Collaborative Digital Gameplay on Students' Three Dimensions of Engagement in Mathematics. International Journal of Game-Based Learning (IJGBL), 12(1), 1-16.

Effects of collaborative digital gameplay on students’ three dimensions of engagement in mathematics

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Author: Sun, Liping1; Ruokamo, Heli1; Kangas, Marjaana1;
Organizations: 1University of Lapland, Finland
2University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: IGI Global, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-04-14


This study attempts to provide an in-depth understanding of the influence of collaborative digital gameplay on students’ behavioural, emotional and cognitive engagement in mathematics. This mixed-method study used pre- (N = 45) and post-test (N = 43) engagement surveys and photo-elicitation interviews (N = 6) to investigate how a six-day experiment involving collaborative digital gameplay on Wuzzit Trouble affects students’ engagement in mathematics. The quantitative results showed collaborative digital gameplay did not elicit a significant increase in students’ engagement in mathematics from pre-test to post-test. Moreover, the qualitative results of analyzing the measurement of three-dimensional engagement showed four factors — learning achievement, teacher support, peer collaboration and task characteristics — were associated with students’ engagement in a collaborative digital gameplay classroom. The findings suggest the classroom context plays an important role in three-dimensional engagement, which efficiently improve students’ conceptual understanding and arithmetic skills.

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Series: International journal of game-based learning
ISSN: 2155-6849
ISSN-E: 2155-6857
ISSN-L: 2155-6849
Volume: 12
Issue: 1
Pages: 1 - 16
DOI: 10.4018/ijgbl.294012
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
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