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Authors: Marcello Passarelli 1 ; Jeffrey Earp 1 ; Francesca Maria Dagnino 1 ; Flavio Manganello 1 ; Donatella Persico 1 ; Francesca Pozzi 1 ; Thomas Buijtenweg 2 ; Mata Haggis 2 ; Chris Bailey 3 and Carlo Perrotta 2

Affiliations: 1 National Research Council of Italy, Italy ; 2 University of Leeds, United Kingdom ; 3 NHTV: Breda University of Applied Science, Netherlands

Keyword(s): Video Games, Game Research, Serious Games, Entertainment Games, Game Development.

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Computer-Supported Education ; e-Learning ; Game-Based and Simulation-Based Learning ; Immersive Learning ; Learning/Teaching Methodologies and Assessment

Abstract: Video games clearly have great educational potential, both for formal and informal learning, and this avenue is being thoroughly investigated in the psychology and education literature. However, there appears to be a disconnect between social science academic research and the game development sector, in that research and development practices rarely inform each other. This paper presents a two-part analysis of this communicative disconnect based on investigations carried out within the H2020 Gaming Horizons project. The first part regards a literature review that identified the main topics of focus in the social sciences literature on games, as well as the chief recommendations authors express. The second part examines 73 interviews with 30 developers, 14 researchers, 13 players, 12 educators, and 4 policy makers, investigating how they perceived games and gaming. The study highlights several factors contributing to the disconnect: different priorities and dissemination practices; th e lag between innovation in the games market and research advancements; low accessibility of academic research; and disproportionate academic focus on serious games compared to entertainment games. The authors suggest closer contact between researchers and developers might be sought by diversifying academic dissemination channels, promoting conferences involving both groups, and developing research partnerships with entertainment game companies. (More)


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Passarelli, M.; Earp, J.; Dagnino, F.; Manganello, F.; Persico, D.; Pozzi, F.; Buijtenweg, T.; Haggis, M.; Bailey, C. and Perrotta, C. (2018). Library Not Found - The Disconnect between Gaming Research and Development. In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU; ISBN 978-989-758-291-2; ISSN 2184-5026, SciTePress, pages 134-141. DOI: 10.5220/0006773601340141

author={Marcello Passarelli. and Jeffrey Earp. and Francesca Maria Dagnino. and Flavio Manganello. and Donatella Persico. and Francesca Pozzi. and Thomas Buijtenweg. and Mata Haggis. and Chris Bailey. and Carlo Perrotta.},
title={Library Not Found - The Disconnect between Gaming Research and Development},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU},


JO - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU
TI - Library Not Found - The Disconnect between Gaming Research and Development
SN - 978-989-758-291-2
IS - 2184-5026
AU - Passarelli, M.
AU - Earp, J.
AU - Dagnino, F.
AU - Manganello, F.
AU - Persico, D.
AU - Pozzi, F.
AU - Buijtenweg, T.
AU - Haggis, M.
AU - Bailey, C.
AU - Perrotta, C.
PY - 2018
SP - 134
EP - 141
DO - 10.5220/0006773601340141
PB - SciTePress