Developing Design Principles for Game-related Design Thinking Activities

Thorkild Hanghøj, Charlotte Krog Skott, Birgitte Lund Nielsen, Stine Ejsing-Duun

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The aim of this paper is to identify emerging design principles when developing, piloting and implementing game-related Design Thinking activities for primary and lower secondary classrooms. The analyses are based on data from the large-scale intervention project GBL21 (Game-Based Learning in the 21st Century), which explores and measures how 1600 students working with game-related design activities in the subjects Danish, mathematics and science are able to develop design competencies such as being able to construct and communicate design solutions. In the paper, we focus on qualitative data from a pilot study on how two teachers adopt and enact one teaching unit in mathematics in grade 7. The challenge for the students is to design and construct a tangram game using the visual block-programming language Scratch with a set of agreed constraints (e.g. constructing pieces of a particular form). In our analysis, we identify design principles that support the enactment of the unit as exemplified by the two teachers. For our purpose, their teaching is interesting because they use quite different strategies when adopting the unit. One finding is that the material objects and close attention to dialogue are vital when coupling Design Thinking, game-like activities with subject matter (e.g. mathematics).
TitelECGBL19 - Proceedings of the 13th European Conference on Game Based Learning
RedaktørerLars Elbaek, Gunver Majgaard, Andrea Valente, Saifuddin Khalid
Antal sider9
ForlagAcademic Conferences and Publishing International
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781912764389
StatusUdgivet - 2019
Begivenhed13th European Conference on Games Based Learning: ECGBL 2019 - University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Danmark
Varighed: 3 okt. 20194 okt. 2019


Konference13th European Conference on Games Based Learning
LokationUniversity of Southern Denmark