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A Game-Based Tool for Cross-Cultural Discussion: Encouraging Cultural Awareness with Board Games
University of Skövde, School of Informatics.
University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre. (Interaction Lab (ILAB))
2018 (English)In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SERIOUS GAMES, E-ISSN 2384-8766, Vol. 5, no 4, p. 81-98Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper studies whether a board game can effectively raise awareness of cultural differences and their impacts on everyday life. Furthermore, the paper compares whether a board game might achieve this goal more efficiently, or differently, than more traditional ‘open discussion’ exercises. To conduct this study, a board game that present players with cultural dilemmas was designed and developed based on a comparative model of individualistic and collectivistic cultures. The game’s ability to generate discussion and engagement with cross-cultural topics was evaluated and compared with traditional discussion exercises in a series of experimental studies conducted in SFI (Swedish For Immigrants) classrooms. A follow-up survey was also conducted to compare long-term effects between the board game and the traditional discussion exercise. Results indicate that the game benefited participants’ discussions and reflections regarding cultural awareness directly after the game session, and that they retained their attitudes and perceptions of cultural awareness better than participants of the non-game exercise.

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Serious Games Society , 2018. Vol. 5, no 4, p. 81-98
Keywords [en]
Cultural awareness, cross-cultural training, serious games, board games, classroom contexts
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Interaction Technologies Educational Sciences
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Interaction Lab (ILAB)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-16520DOI: 10.17083/ijsg.v5i4.259ISI: 000457988700005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-16520DiVA, id: diva2:1273362
Available from: 2018-12-20 Created: 2018-12-20 Last updated: 2019-02-22Bibliographically approved

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