Matching serious games with museum’s educational roles: smart education in practice

Meng Wang (School of Information Management, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China)
Miguel Baptista Nunes (School of Information Management, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China)

Interactive Technology and Smart Education

ISSN: 1741-5659

Publication date: 16 May 2019

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to present a meta-analysis of the use of serious educational games in museums. The analysis is based on a critical literature review that maps educational roles of museums against serious educational games used in support of those roles. The meta-analysis focuses on the specific context of informal learning in museums.

Design/methodology/approach

The research design presented in this study is based on a meta-analysis research design that consists of a critical literature review, a multi-matrix representation of findings of the literature review and a conceptual visualization of the multidisciplinary area of the usage of serious games in support of educational roles in museums.

Findings

Clear and detailed categorizations of educational roles and serious games types for informal learning are presented. These are followed by matching these educational roles with published reports of the use of serious games within museums. The study concludes with observations and a conceptual map of the design of serious games for museums.

Originality/value

This study presents the first meta-analysis of research in this emergent multidisciplinary field. It will help serious game designers, museum educators and educational practitioners to make decisions regarding the choice of game type, customization and content design to support informal learning in the specific context of museum educational activities.

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Citation

Wang, M. and Nunes, M. (2019), "Matching serious games with museum’s educational roles: smart education in practice", Interactive Technology and Smart Education, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/ITSE-03-2019-0013

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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