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CO2peration-Structuring a 3D interactive digital game to improve climate literacy in the 12-13-year-old age group
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.
Number of Authors: 42020 (English)In: Computers and education, ISSN 0360-1315, E-ISSN 1873-782X, Vol. 144, article id 103705Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Preparing students for their future and qualifying them to enter public life is the essential role of the public-school system. As such, an understanding of climate science ought to be an essential-and significant component of that preparation. This research proposes a novel pathway to teach climate science via a 3D interactive digital game and examines the potential of 12-13-year olds as a prepatent group for climate science interventions. After playing a proof-of-concept climate science game that covers the physical causes and mechanisms of climate change, 401 students in Austria and Australia were tested with a climate literacy questionnaire. Our results indicate that climate literacy can be improved in this age group via the digital game. In addition, we found further evidence of established climate science 'knowledge domains' in this age group that form a natural 'increased levels of complexity' scaffold that can be used to design curricula such as that in the digital game. These four 'knowledge domains' are (in brief): Earth in the solar system; gravity and its effect on the atmosphere; albedo and solar radiation, and; greenhouse gases and their warming potential.

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2020. Vol. 144, article id 103705
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Climate literacy, Environmental science education, Instructional design, Knowledge domains, Serious game
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Computer and Information Sciences Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-176658DOI: 10.1016/j.compedu.2019.103705ISI: 000498327800014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-176658DiVA, id: diva2:1381313
Available from: 2019-12-20 Created: 2019-12-20 Last updated: 2019-12-20Bibliographically approved

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