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The Power of Story : T he influence of story on intrinsic motivation in vocabulary learning

Pritz, N. (2018) The Power of Story : T he influence of story on intrinsic motivation in vocabulary learning.

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Abstract:Digital games are on the rise and an increasing amount of instructors try to use elements of digital games to increase motivation in learning. Story is a game design element that is often mentioned, but rarely empirically researched and the few conducted empirical studies showed mixed results. This study will research, whether story can increase intrinsic motivation in vocabulary learning and whether an interactive story is more motivating than a regular story. Therefore, a diglot weave story was designed in German, including A1 level Dutch vocabulary. The learned vocabulary and intrinsic motivation of participants were measured for one condition teaching with interactive story, one condition teaching with story and one condition teaching the vocabulary with a drill. Intrinsic motivation was significantly higher for the interactive story condition when compared to the drill, while the difference between interactive story and story were marginally significant. Story and drill did not differ significantly. There were no significant differences in vocabulary learning across conditions.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
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