Game-based learning to engage students with physics and astronomy using a board game
Fairfield, Jessamyn A.
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Adriana, Cardinot, & Jessamyn A. Fairfield. (2019). Game-Based Learning to Engage Students With Physics and Astronomy Using a Board Game. International Journal of Game-Based Learning (IJGBL), 9(1), 42-57. doi: 10.4018/IJGBL.2019010104
In this research article, the authors developed a novel astronomy board game and examined how this approach could facilitate the learning and teaching of astronomy topics covered in the new Irish Science Syllabus. A total of 119 post-primary students took part in the pilot trial across Ireland. Data was collected via feedback questionnaires, systematic observations and pre and post-test surveys. Results indicate that this astronomy board game significantly enhances students knowledge of astronomy concepts and perceptions of scientists. Furthermore, teachers showed positive attitudes towards this approach for teaching astronomy. Additionally, the game was demonstrated as a useful learning tool and as an activity to promote social skills. The findings offer a promising basis for further exploration of the integration of game-based approaches to physics education to promote active participation and interaction, balancing the learning objectives with play.