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Computer Gaming and Driving Education
University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
2006 (English)In: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2006: Pedagogical Design of Educational Games, 2006, 9-16 p.Conference paper, (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study investigates the learning effects of playing racing, action, and sports computer games. In particular we focus on traffic school students’ driving behavior. A survey conducted at three driving schools, questioned driving students about their gaming habits. The driving instructors evaluated their students’ driving skills and traffic safety attitudes. The results indicate that experience in computer games can have a positive effect on driving performance. Experienced gamers were ranked significantly higher by their instructors regarding their overall driving skills compared to students with low experience in computer games. However, no evidence was found to indicate that experienced gamers have a worse attitude towards fellow road-users or traffic safety. Experiments conducted in a driving simulator, using a game developed purposely to enhance certain traffic safety variables, reveals that it is possible to provide an entertaining game with serious content. Preliminary results, however, indicate that the version of the game where the explicit game goals are hidden was found to be the most entertaining one. The results of the investigation warrant further review into the development and utilization of computer games for traffic safety and education purposes.

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2006. 9-16 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-1947OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-1947DiVA: diva2:32223
Conference
14th International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE 2006), 1 December 2006, Beijing, China
Available from: 2008-04-11 Created: 2008-04-11 Last updated: 2013-03-19

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