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IJIET 2023 Vol.13(12): 1998-2003
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The Use of Serious Games in Physics: A Review of Selected Empirical Studies from 2012 to 2021

Mohamed Achour*, Jalal Khouna, and Ahmed Tahiri

Manuscript received May 21, 2023; revised July 10, 2023; accepted August 16, 2023.

Abstract—Serious games have been proven to be effective in enhancing students learning of physics. Many educators have investigated the integration of serious games in the classroom for formal educational settings. In addition, they have reviewed the trends development of game-assisted learning in many review papers. However, in the subject of physics, the analysis of the development of Serious games is still limited and overlooked problem. As a consequence, this research paper aims to conduct a systematic review of the empirical studies related to the use of serious games in physics teaching between 2012 and 2021. A total of 80 articles were included from Scopus and Web of Science databases. Based on an in-depth analysis of the quantitative data, several significant insights were generated in this study including the following : (1) the number of published articles has witnessed a dramatic growth in 2021; (2) computers and education are the main contributing journals in the empirical studies; (3) the highest proportion of the physics topics is the mechanics theme; (4) junior high school students were the most involved as sampling groups; (5) quantitative methodology design was adopted in the majority of selected papers; (6) American authors have contributed the most via a high number of publications; (7) cognitive outcomes were the major investigated research foci in Serious games-related studies. Along with the systematic review, this study has implicitly indicated some implications and suggestions that are in need of further research and discussion.

Index Terms—Serious games, physics, educational settings, systematic review

Mohamed Achour is with Laboratory of Computer Science and Interdisciplinary Physics (LIPI), ENS, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, B.P 5206 Bensouda Fez, Morocco.
Jalal Khouna is with The Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory in Didactic, Education and Training (LIRDEF), ENS, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech 40130, Morocco.
Ahmed Tahiri is with Laboratory of Computer Science and Interdisciplinary Physics (LIPI), ENS, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, B.P 5206 Bensouda Fez, Morocco.
*Correspondence: mohamed.achour1@usmba.ac.ma (M.A.)

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Cite: Mohamed Achour*, Jalal Khouna, and Ahmed Tahiri, "The Use of Serious Games in Physics: A Review of Selected Empirical Studies from 2012 to 2021," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 13, no. 12, pp. 1998-2003, 2023.

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General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
  • Managing Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
  • Abstracting/ Indexing: Scopus (CiteScore 2022: 2.0), INSPEC (IET), UGC-CARE List (India), CNKI, EBSCO, Google Scholar
  • E-mail: ijiet@ejournal.net

 

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