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Durham University

School of Education

Research Projects

Publication details

Tulowitzki, P Bremm, N, Brown, C & Krammer, G (2019). Using Insights from Video Games to Support Formal Education – a Theoretical Exploration. Die Deutsche Schule 111(4): 405-421.

Author(s) from Durham


Th is article draws upon fi ndings from research on the eff ects of gaming, educational psychology, teacher professionalism as well as school improvement, to develop a framework
for linking video game activities to formal education. Th is framework uses video game
achievements: virtual trophies received for completing tasks or mastering challenges, as
a proxy indicator for the development of competencies relevant to formal education. We
suggest that this knowledge can be harnessed to improve teaching and learning, in particular teacher perceptions, teaching skills, and, ultimately, measurable changes in students’ learning. Showing teachers what students can actually do and are already doing (in video games) could help them better understand areas of strength and interest of
their students.

School of Education