Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Level up: A systematic review of the nexus between game-based learning and developmental math education
by Wilson, Monique, D.Mgt., University of Maryland University College, 2013, 157; 3619513
Abstract (Summary)

Developmental math currently poses a hurdle that many community college students are unable to overcome. Eighty percent of developmental math students do not successfully complete any college-level course within three years (Bailey, Jeong, & Cho, as cited by Strother, Van Campen & Grunow, 2013, p. 1). Despite numerous reform attempts, there has been a lack of consistent improvement and a lack of understanding regarding which methods are the most successful and the reasons why. Faculty need a new pedagogy to connect with developmental math students and effectively engage them in order to improve student learning outcomes. Proponents regard game-based learning as a way to leverage the intense engagement of video games in an educational context to increase engagement, increase the amount of time on task, and improve overall student success metrics.

The author has reviewed the studies and the evidence; weighed the value and legitimacy of the studies; synthesized the weight of the evidence of introducing a game-based learning pedagogy, and then examined the potential efficacy of game-based learning in the developmental math environment. The author has created an evidence-based implementation plan to incorporate game-based learning into developmental math education in a way that has the highest potential to improve student learning.

Key words: Game-based learning, gaming, serious games, developmental math, developmental education reform, innovation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Keir, Pat
Commitee: Head, Ronald
School: University of Maryland University College
Department: Doctor of Management Program
School Location: United States -- Maryland
Source: DAI-A 75/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Mathematics education, Higher education
Keywords: Community college, Developmental education reform, Developmental math, Game-based learning, Innovation, Serious games
Publication Number: 3619513
ISBN: 9781303888106
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