—This paper presents a survey study that explores
the difference between an educational software based on a
narrative style and another based on a traditional style in terms
of students’ engagement. For this investigation, two different
questionnaires were distributed to students in two different
crucial stages. In the first stage, a questionnaire was given to
students to find out information about the stories they are
reading in general and their desired story characteristics. An
educational software based on both the preferred character and
narrative style was developed for the purpose of this study. Then,
another questionnaire was distributed to explore students’
perceptions about both software styles. It is found that the
educational software based on the narrative style better
facilitate students’ engagement comparing with educational
software based on traditional style taken into account the kind of
the character and story.
—Educational software, narrative style,
M. Alameer is with the Ministry of Higher Education, Riyadh, Saudi
Arabia (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
T. Alhussain is with Saudi Electronic University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Cite: Mohammed Alameer and Thamer Alhussain, "Students‟ Engagement in Educational Software: A Comparison between Narrative and Traditional Styles," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 322-326, 2016.