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Collaborative Handheld Gaming in Education


Educational Media International Volume 42, Number 4, ISSN 0952-3987


This project describes the trialling of a new form of cooperative learning strategy, in the form of a game known as “EcoRangers”. “EcoRangers” is a multi-player game designed to run on mobile phones, written specifically for education. “EcoRangers” is one of the first, if not the world's first, instances of this totally new genre of pedagogical tools (i.e. collaborative handheld educational games). In its current iteration “EcoRangers” is designed to help students practise skills of relevance to the social studies syllabus for Grades 9 and 10 in Singapore's education system, specifically through the pedagogical strategy known as the “structured academic controversy”, in which learners debate an open-ended problem from a variety of perspectives. The trialling was done in three secondary schools, among 50 Grade 9 students. These students were taken through two distinct fieldwork tasks in March-July 2004, with the game being introduced as part of a post-fieldwork activity. (Contains 4 figures.)


Lim, K.Y.T. & Wang, J.Y.Z. (2005). Collaborative Handheld Gaming in Education. Educational Media International, 42(4), 351-359. Retrieved March 21, 2019 from .

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