Video games can develop graduate skills in higher education students: a randomised trial

Barr, M. (2017) Video games can develop graduate skills in higher education students: a randomised trial. Computers and Education, 113, pp. 86-97. (doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2017.05.016)

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Abstract

This study measured the effects of playing commercial video games on the development of the desirable skills and competences sometimes referred to as ‘graduate attributes’. Undergraduate students in the Arts and Humanities were randomly assigned to either an intervention or a control group. Previously validated, self-report instruments to measure adaptability, resourcefulness and communication skill were administered to both groups. The intervention group played specified video games under controlled conditions over an eight week period. A large effect size was observed with mean score change 1.1, 1.15, and 0.9 standard deviations more positive in the intervention group than the control on the communication, adaptability, and resourcefulness scales respectively (p = 0.004, p = 0.002, and p = 0.013 for differences in groups by unpaired t-test). The large effect size and statistical significance of these results support the hypothesis that playing video games can improve self-reported graduate skills. The findings suggest that such game-based learning interventions have a role to play in higher education.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Game studies, game-based learning, graduate attributes, video games.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Barr, Dr Matthew
Authors: Barr, M.
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Information Studies
Journal Name:Computers and Education
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0360-1315
ISSN (Online):1873-782X
Published Online:26 May 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Computers and Education 113: 86-97
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
690281Games for CommunicationMatthew BarrRCUK Digital Economy (RCUKDIGTL)N/AHU - ARTS AND MEDIA INFORMATICS (HATII)