Title

Stochastic Frontier Estimation of Efficient Learning in Video Games

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2012

Publication Title

Computers & Education

Abstract

Stochastic Frontier Regression Analysis was used to investigate strategies and skills that are associated with the minimization of time required to achieve proficiency in video games among students in grades four and five. Students self-reported their video game play habits, including strategies and skills used to become good at the video games they play. Results indicated an association between game play time spent during vacation weeks and proficiency at the game, but no such association existed with game play time during typical weeks when school is in session. Several strategies and skills were associated with the minimization of time spent to achieve proficiency at the game, while a few strategies and skills held a negative association with efficient learning in games. Some of the findings paralleled those of prior research on formal education. Gender differences, as well as implications for games and learning are discussed.

Original Citation

Hamlen, K. R. (2012). Stochastic frontier estimation of efficient learning in video games. Computers & Education, 58(1), 534-541. doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2011.09.006

DOI

10.1016/j.compedu.2011.09.006

Volume

58

Issue

1