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NEW STUDY: Actual Implementations Of Short Curricula Games In The Classroom

Legends of Learning Founder Vadim Polikov partnered with Vanderbilt University to conduct “Substantial Integration of Typical Educational Games into Extended Curricula,” a research study that explores actual implementations of short curricula games in the classroom (please find also The Case For Short-Form, Low-Cost Educational Serious Games).

The study was published in the Journal of the Learning Sciences (JLS), a leading educational research journal and one of the two official journals of the International Society of the Learning Sciences.
The study is the first of its kind to produce deep, wide-ranging, and statically significant data across a large variety of game types. It not only validates curriculum-based games, but it does so in a large, multi-state, diverse study cohort over a significant time period.
The research study shows that when used as part of the curriculum, simple standards-aligned games increase lesson retention and student engagement, and improve academic performance.…
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