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Element Enterprise Tycoon: Playing Board Games to Learn Chemistry in Daily Life

Graduate Institute of Science Education, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei 11677, Taiwan
Taichung Municipal Dali High School, Taichung 41260, Taiwan
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Educ. Sci. 2020, 10(3), 48;
Received: 23 January 2020 / Revised: 18 February 2020 / Accepted: 26 February 2020 / Published: 26 February 2020
This article reports the design of a scientific board game, named “Element Enterprise Tycoon” (EET), which creates a scenario combining chemical elements, techniques, and products in daily life. The game cards are designed to motivate students not only to retrieve information about chemical elements, but also to be proficient in chemistry. Moreover, the game creates opportunities for group interactions and competitions to engage students in learning chemical elements as they do in regular science curricula. The EET has been field-tested with a group of middle school students to evaluate its applicability. Empirical data show that students improve their understanding of chemistry concepts with a median level of effect size. In particular, students achieve better performance in terms of chemistry-related technique concepts. The follow-up interviews reflect students’ positive feedback and attitudes toward science learning through board game playing and their willingness to continue to play the game. It is suggested that learning through science games can indeed help students learn new chemical knowledge. View Full-Text
Keywords: board game; chemistry elements; game-based learning board game; chemistry elements; game-based learning
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Tsai, J.-C.; Chen, S.-Y.; Chang, C.-Y.; Liu, S.-Y. Element Enterprise Tycoon: Playing Board Games to Learn Chemistry in Daily Life. Educ. Sci. 2020, 10, 48.

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