Using a gesture interactive game-based learning approach to improve preschool children's learning performance and motor skills

Hsien-Sheng Hsiao, Jyun Chen Chen

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Abstract

Children love to play games, and early childhood is a critical time for developing motor skills. This study combined gesture-based computing technology and a game-based learning model to develop a gesture interactive game-based learning (GIGL) approach that was suitable for preschool children. In this research, the ASUS Xtion PRO was used as a game-based device to build a virtual interactive learning environment for preschoolers. The aim of this study was to implement the GIGL approach to improve the learning performance and motor skills (namely, coordination and agility) of the participants. Based on a quasi-experiment involving 105 preschoolers (average age 5.5 years), the results showed that the participants who used the GIGL approach demonstrated better learning performance and motor skills than those who used the traditional activity game-based learning approach, and the statistics showed a significant deviation between the two approaches. Thus, this study provides additional evidence that using a GIGL approach is an effective learning method that improves both learning performance and motor skills to a greater extent compared with the traditional activity game-based learning approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-162
Number of pages12
JournalComputers and Education
Volume95
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Apr 1

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Keywords

  • Interactive learning environments
  • Multimedia/hypermedia systems
  • Teaching/learning strategies
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education

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