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The role of games in facilitating preparation for future learning.

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Publication date10/2009
Host publicationProceedings of the 3rd european conference on games-based learning
EditorsMaja Pivec
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)978-1-906638-47-4
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This paper, after exploring the importance and relevance of learning transfer to the development of and research into games for learning, presents a reconceptualisation of learning transfer as “preparation for future learning” (Bransford & Swartz 1999) and goes on to describe efforts to develop a web-based space game to facilitate learning transfer in this sense to a series of novel learning tasks presented as part of an innovative interactive astronomy exhibit for children. Discussion is offered with regard to the game design and development process – the latter based on the Adobe Flash CS3 environment – and with regard to results of the pilot of a “proof of concept” game prototype with a group of 26 boys aged 10-12. Some initial conclusions are drawn with regard to necessary improvements to both game design and research design; issues such as frequency of practice and cognitive fidelity are proposed in closing as important conditions for game-based preparation for future learning.