The use of game activities is spreading in diverse contexts, including stimulating teamwork and creativity, selecting job candidates, and as a teaching aid. Games are recognized as promoting interaction and engagement among children through an abstract challenge, which often results in emotional reactions. We investigated whether a game-based activity is useful as a tool for teaching entomology, as assessed on the basis of the learning achieved and the feedback provided by students. Student feedback was positive regarding card content, the rules manual, game-play design, and game use (the functional perspective). Likewise, the students also considered the game a fun activity, fast and competitive, and even challenging (the personal perspective). Some difficulties were indicated, such as the amount of initial information required to play. Nonetheless, the game increased student learning, demonstrating its usefulness as a didactic activity in the classroom. In addition to encouraging creativity and healthy competition among students, the game represents an integrative and dynamic teaching mode that is different from traditional classroom methods.
Insect World: Game-Based Learning as a Strategy for Teaching Entomology
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Lírio Cosme, Leonardo M. Turchen, Raul Narciso C. Guedes; Insect World: Game-Based Learning as a Strategy for Teaching Entomology. The American Biology Teacher 1 April 2020; 82 (4): 210–215. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2020.82.4.210
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