|Title:||National Research & Development Center on Instructional Technology: Possible Worlds|
|Principal Investigator:||Brunner, Cornelia||Awardee:||Education Development Center, Inc.|
|Program:||National Research and Development Centers [Program Details]|
|Award Period:||5 years||Award Amount:||$9,197,582|
|Goal:||Multiple Goals||Award Number:||R305C080022|
Topic: Education Technology
Purpose: The Education Development Center's Center for Children and Technology (CCT) is collaborating with colleagues at the Center for Science Education (CSE) on a research and development project examining the use of a portable gaming environment to support middle-school science and literacy instruction. The team will develop and evaluate the Possible Worlds intervention, a portable multimedia-enhanced curriculum that uses the Nintendo Dual-Screen (DS) portable gaming environment to support science and literacy learning among 7th grade students.
Established through a five-year, $9.2 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education, the CCT is composed of nationally-recognized experts in literacy and science education, instructional and advanced technology development, professional development, and evaluation. Their academic backgrounds include education, psychology, computer science, statistics, research methods, and game design and production.
Possible Worlds will use a formative research process in which teachers and students will design activities and a larger game narrative that is both compelling and educationally substantive. The research team will field-test the modules with teachers and students in classrooms, observe their experiences, and gather feedback, all of which will inform subsequent development of the modules. Additionally, the team will create professional development materials to support the integration of the intervention within existing classroom practice.
Project website: http://possibleworlds.edc.org/.
Key Personnel: Cornelia Brunner, Katherine McMillan Culp, Marian Pasquale, Wendy Martin, John Parris, Naomi Hupert, James Diamond, Ashley Lewis, Shari Metcalf, Chad Fasca
IES Program Contact: Dr. Edward Metz
Journal article, monograph, or newsletter
Culp, K. M., Martin, W., Clements, M., and Presser, A. L. (2015). Testing the Impact of a Pre-Instructional Digital Game on Middle-Grade Students' Understanding of Photosynthesis. Technology, Knowledge and Learning, 20(1), 5–26.
* During the development process, this intervention's name changed from SuperSleuths to Possible Worlds.