Hobbs, L, Stevens, C, Hartley, J, Ashby, MA, Jackson, B, Bowden, L, Bibby, J and Bentley, S (2019) Science Hunters: teaching science concepts in schools using Minecraft. Action Research and Innovation in Science Education, 2 (2). 13 - 21. ISSN 2626-9902

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Science Hunters is an outreach project based at Lancaster University, UK. It uses the computer game Minecraft, alongside interactive discussion and hands-on demonstrations, to engage children with scientific research topics and science learning. As part of ongoing evaluation, the efficacy of this approach as an educational intervention was tested via pre- and post-activity questionnaires for two session topics, with 492 children participating through schools in 2017 and 2018. Statistically significant improvement in subject knowledge was seen in post-intervention scores for both topics. There was some variation in both absolute and improvement score results between boys and girls, and primary and secondary school students. Participation leads to improved subject knowledge and understanding, regardless of prior existing knowledge.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Copyright © Authors
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Geography, Geology and the Environment
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2023 08:46
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2023 08:46
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/12239

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