1st Edition

Using Cognitive and Affective Metrics in Educational Simulations and Games Applications in School and Workplace Contexts

    244 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    244 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Presenting original studies and rich conceptual analyses, this volume explores how cognitive and affective metrics can be used to effectively assess, modify, and enhance learning and assessment outcomes of simulations and games used in education and training.

    The volume responds to the increasing use of computer-based simulations and games across academic and professional sectors by bringing together contributions from different research communities, including K-12 and postsecondary education, medical, and military contexts. Drawing on empirical results, the chapter authors focus on the design and assessment of educational simulations and games. They describe how quantitative and qualitative metrics can be used effectively to evaluate and tailor instructional resources to the cognitive and affective needs of the individual learner. In doing so, the volume enhances understanding of how games and simulations can intersect with the science of learning to improve educational outcomes.

    Given its rigorous and multidisciplinary approach, this book will prove an indispensable resource for researchers and scholars in the fields of educational assessment and evaluation, educational technology, military psychology, and educational psychology.

    Editors’ Preface

    Part I: Cognitive Metrics

    1. Video Games and Higher Cognition

    Jocelyn Parong, Claire Holman, Emma Cunningham, C. Shawn Green, and Daphne Bavelier

    2. Teaching and Assessing Young Gamers’ Engineering Problem Solving Using Interactive Simulation Games

    Zenaida Aguirre-Muñoz

    3. Adaptation Evidence From a Digital Physics Game

    Elizabeth J. K. H. Redman, Gregory K. W. K. Chung, Tianying Feng, Katerina Schenke, Charles B. Parks, Joanne K. Michiuye, Sandy M. Chang, and Jeremy D. Roberts

    Part II: Affective Metrics

    4. Metrics of Motivation in Simulations or Game Environments

    Robert Rueda

    5. Metrics for Engagement in Games and Simulations for Learning

    Benjamin D. Nye, Mark G. Core, Aviroop Ghosal, and Peter B. Walker

    6. Measuring and Increasing Self-Efficacy in a Game

    Harold F. O’Neil, Richard E. Mayer, Robert Rueda, and Eva L. Baker

    7. Measuring and Increasing Interest in a Game

    Katerina Schenke, Harold F. O’Neil, Eva L. Baker, and Stephen E. Watson

    8. Metrics for Assessment in the Navy Life Game

    Alan D. Koenig, Markus R. Iseli, John J. Lee, Jenny C. Kao, and Joanne K. Michiuye


    Harold F. O’Neil is Professor of Educational Psychology and Technology in the Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California, US.

    Eva L. Baker is a Distinguished Professor at UCLA and founding Director of CRESST, US.

    Ray S. Perez is Program Officer of the Cognitive Science of Learning Program, Office of Naval Research, US.

    Stephen E. Watson is Chief Inventor, Affinity Associates LLC, US.