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Title: Moving bodies to moving minds: a study of the use of motion-based games in special education
Authors: Kosmas, Panagiotis 
Ioannou, Andri 
Retalis, Symeon 
Keywords: Educational games;Embodied cognition;Embodied learning;Inclusive education;Kinect-based games;Kinesthetic learning;Motion-based technology;Students with special educational needs
Category: Educational Sciences
Field: Social Sciences
Issue Date: Nov-2018
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
Source: TechTrends, 2018, Volume 62, Issue 6, Pages 594–601
Abstract: From an embodied learning perspective, the active human body can alter the function of the brain and therefore, the cognitive process. In this work, children’s activity using motion-based technology is framed as an example of embodied learning. The present investigation focuses on the use of a series of Kinect-based educational games by 31 elementary students with special educational needs in mainstream schools, during a five-month intervention study. Results based on psychometric pre-post testing in conjunction with games-usage analytics, a student attitudinal scale, teachers’ reflection notes and teacher interviews, demonstrated the positive impact of the games on children’s short-term memory skills and emotional stage. Overall, the study improves our understanding of embodied learning via motion-based technology in teaching and learning with children with special educational needs.
ISSN: 87563894
Rights: © 2018 Association for Educational Communications & Technology
Type: Article
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