Article ID: CBB613091979

Meeting Galileo: Testing the Effectiveness of an Immersive Video Game to Teach History and Philosophy of Science to Undergraduates (2018)


Watts, Logan L. (Author)
Barker, Peter (Author)

Transversal: International Journal for the Historiography of Science
Issue: 5
Pages: 133-145

Publication Date: 2018
Edition Details: First of a Series: Methods and Cognitive Modelling in the History and Philosophy of Science & Education
Language: English

Can video games teach students about the history and philosophy of science? This paper reports the results of a study investigating the effects of playing an educational video game on students’ knowledge of Galileo’s life and times, the nature of scientific evidence, and Aristotle’s and Galileo’s views of the cosmos. In the game, students were immersed in a computer simulation of 16th century Venice where they interacted with an avatar of Galileo and other characters. Over a period of two weeks, 71 undergraduates were exposed to lectures about Galileo and the Copernican revolution in a traditional classroom setting. However, only half of the students (i.e., experimental group) also played the game. The other half (i.e., control group) were only exposed to lectures. The knowledge of both groups was assessed at the beginning (i.e., pre-test) and end (i.e., post-test) of the two-week period. The results demonstrated objective improvements in knowledge for the experimental group while the control group showed virtually no change. Implications of these findings for teaching and learning the history and philosophy of science are discussed.

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Authors & Contributors
Guerra, Andreia
Reis, José Claudio
Braga, Marco
Araujo, Saulo de Freitas
Simanke, Richard Theisen
Caropreso, Fátima Siqueira
Science and Education
History of Psychology
Galilæana: Journal of Galilean Studies
American Journal of Physics
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
Medicina Historica
University of Chicago Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
Northeastern University
Cambridge University Press
Duke University Press
Teaching; pedagogy
Teaching history of science
Primary and secondary education
Science education and teaching
Copernicus, Nicolaus
Skinner, Burrhus Frederic
Galilei, Galileo
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
19th century
17th century
16th century
United States

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