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Spent: changing students' affective learning toward homelessness through persuasive video game play

Ruggiero, D (2014) 'Spent: changing students' affective learning toward homelessness through persuasive video game play.' In: Jones, M, Palanque, P, Schmidt, A and Grossman, T, eds. CHI '14: proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM, New York, NY, USA, pp. 3423-3432. ISBN 9781450324731

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Abstract

To investigate whether a persuasive game may serve as a way to increase affective learning about homelessness, this study examined the effects of procedural rhetoric and ethos in a video game designed to put the player in the shoes of an almost-homeless person. Data were collected from 5139 students across four states. Examination revealed that playing the game or doing the reading significantly increased the affective learning score after treatment with the game group scoring 1.57 points higher and the reading group scoring .66 points higher out of a score of 6. Findings indicate that students who played Spent sustained significantly higher scores after three weeks. Overall, findings suggest that when students play a video game that is designed using persuasive mechanics an affective change can be measured empirically.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Keywords: affective learning, persuasive mechanics, video games
Divisions: Institute for Education
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Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2015 12:44
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2016 12:25
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/5203
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