Playful Learning Following Deviations: A Mixture of Tinkering, Causal Explanations, and Revision Rationales

David DeLiema, Megan Goeke, Basel Hussein, Jesslyn Valerie, Craig Anderson, Keisha Varma, Bodong Chen, Shima Salehi, Matthew Bernacki

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Abstract

This work expands on process-based accounts of the intersection between play, learning, and failure. We examine middle school and college players navigating Baba Is You, a puzzle-based video game, based on prior scholarship in debugging and problem-solving. We document how players notice deviations, generate causal explanations, and revise their approach when problem-solving. Using qualitative interaction analyses and quantitative sequential analyses, this work shows how players approach the puzzle through persistent tinkering guided by generating causal explanations of game mechanics and providing revision rationales. In addition to nuancing the field's understanding of the relationship between failure and learning, the study has implications for theorizing about and designing for learning through play and problem-solving.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Collaboration toward Educational Innovation for All
Subtitle of host publicationOverarching Research, Development, and Practices - 16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2022
EditorsClark Chinn, Edna Tan, Carol Chan, Yael Kali
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages1421-1424
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781737330653
StatePublished - 2022
Event16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2022 - Virtual, Online, Japan
Duration: Jun 6 2022Jun 10 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS
ISSN (Print)1814-9316

Conference

Conference16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2022
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityVirtual, Online
Period6/6/226/10/22

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