“Stickier” learning through gameplay: an effective approach to climate change education

Pfirman, Stephanie ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8444-3703, O'Garra, Tanya ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8214-1872, Bachrach Simon, E., Brunacini, J., Reckien, Diana ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1145-9509, Lee, Joey J. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1368-8660 and Lukasiewicz, E. (2021) “Stickier” learning through gameplay: an effective approach to climate change education. Journal of Geoscience Education, 69 (2) . pp. 192-206. ISSN 1089-9995 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1080/10899995.2020.1858266)

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Abstract

As the impacts of climate change grow, we need better ways to raise awareness and motivate action. Here we assess the effectiveness of an Arctic climate change card game in comparison with the more conventional approach of reading an illustrated article. In-person assessments with control/reading and treatment/game groups (N = 41), were followed four weeks later with a survey. The game was found to be as effective as the article in teaching content of the impacts of climate change over the short term, and was more effective than the article in long-term retention of new information. Game players also had higher levels of engagement and perceptions that they knew ways to help protect Arctic ecosystems. They were also more likely to recommend the game to friends or family than those in the control group were likely to recommend the article to friends or family. As we consider ways to broaden engagement with climate change, we should include games in our portfolio of approaches.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): General Earth and Planetary Sciences, Education
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Economics
Item ID: 31837
Notes on copyright: ©2020 The Author(s).
Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way
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Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2021 09:01
Last Modified: 07 May 2021 08:02
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/31837

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