Beyond Play: Conceptualising the Capability of a Good Digital Game to Stimulate Interest in STEM

Shahrul Affendi Ishak, Rosseni Din, Umi Azmah Hasran
2021 International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research  
Digital games are one of the potential pedagogical approaches within STEM teaching and learning. The main idea behind using digital games in STEM contexts is to enhance the children's conceptual understanding and to increase their interest in STEM. The interest in STEM is still an unsolved global issue. Most studies looking into digital games show there to be positive implications when it comes to STEM learning. This gap and the uncorrelated scenario from both the theoretical and practical
more » ... ectives need to both be solved. Here we conceptualise the usefulness of STEM digital games for stimulating an interest in STEM, particularly among children from a design perspective. The previous studies are the main qualitative sources for the interpretation of the main argument in this paper. As result, digital games have a strong empirically supportive foundational basis that acts as a medium to stimulate interest. To achieve this, STEM digital games should be designed to be of better quality. Good STEM digital games will contribute to better STEM learning outcomes and meaningful gaming experiences that can contribute to the interest in STEM. This study proposes a comprehensive framework to understand the purpose of the design and development of STEM digital games.
doi:10.26803/ijlter.20.10.13 fatcat:phdw7qtl35gz3lbv6psuiihpnq