An Investigation into the Parental Perceptions of the Impact of Educational Digital Games on the Primary Educational Development of Children
AL-MASKARI, ARWA AHMED NASSER
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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ABSTRACT: This research aims to investigate the parental perceptions of the impact of educational digital games on the primary educational development of children. Various researches has been conducted on educational digital game concepts and impact from different perspectives. The absence of studies on parental perceptions regarding this topic has persuaded the researcher to conduct this study, in order to gain a clearer idea of parents’ points of view and concerns about such games. Both secondary and primary research was used to achieve this. The study will cover the advantages and disadvantages of educational digital games, along with other facts that researchers have discovered during recent years, available from secondary research. As for the primary research, this was carried out to reveal parents’ beliefs and thoughts on educational digital games and whether they truly have a positive effect on their children’s education, or rather the opposite. This includes an evaluation of different digital games, such as ’edutainment’, simulation games, adventure games and others. Another important point to be examined concerns parents’ opinions of using educational digital games in schools. In the end, it was concluded that most results were positive about the effectiveness of educational digital games on children’s academic performance and other skills. However, some concerns regarding unsupervised and excessive use in play indicated potential negative effects on children. Nonetheless, the study has gathered together some strategies that parents often apply to avoid any inappropriate use of educational digital games. All these matters, along with further detail, will be clearly illustrated in this research.
BSc Hons BUSINESS INFORMATION SYSTEMS
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