Sep 25, 2008
By: Alvaro Fernandez
– “It also found improvements in pupils’ concentration and behaviour.”
– “The study involved more than 600 pupils in 32 schools across Scotland using the Brain Training from Dr Kawashima game on the Nintendo DS every day.”
– “Researchers found that while all groups had improved their scores, the group using the game had improved by a further 50%.”
– “Less able children were found to be more likely to improve than the highest attainers and almost all pupils had an increased perception of their own ability.”
Comment: fascinating results supporting the potential role for “Serious Games” in education. Now, please take the results with a grain of salt, since the study doesn’t seem to have been published yet in any top-tier peer-reviewed journal.. The information publicly available seems to simply consist of a press release by Learning and Teaching Scotland. We hope to see an in-depth report to answer many open questions on the study. In any case, welcome news!