Entertaining physics education: using an astronomy board game to enhance student learning and motivation
Fairfield, Jessamyn A.
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Cardinot, Adriana, & Fairfield, Jessamyn A. (2018). Entertaining physics education: using an astronomy board game to enhance student learning and motivation. Paper presented at the GIREP-MPTL 2018 Research and Innovation in Physics education: two sides of the same coin, San Sebastian, Spain, 09-13 July.
This study examines the effects of a novel Astronomy Board Game on students science performance, their attitudes towards learning Science through games and their perception of scientists. Post-primary students in Ireland and the UK of various ages (n=119) took part in the pilot trial. Data were collected via pre- and post-test, feedback questionnaire and focus groups. The results indicated significant improvements in student s learning of astronomy topics, suggesting the inclusion of games in the classroom affects student learning and perception of scientists.