Title

Video Game Strategies: Better Predictors of GPA Than Homework Strategies?

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

2013

Publication Title

Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2013

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate relationships between strategies students use in video games and strategies they use with homework assignments, and whether or not these are predictors of academic performance in school. 113 children and adults completed an online survey about video game play habits and academics. Two separate multiple regression analyses were conducted to examine a) relationships between video game play strategies and school GPA, and b) relationships between homework strategies and school GPA. Video game strategies were highly related to GPA, while no individual homework strategies were significantly related to GPA, nor was the overall regression model. Results suggest that students’ strategies within video game play may be a valuable predictor of their success in school, possibly because it more directly mirrors real life strategies and attitudes, as opposed to homework completion strategies that may be more teacher- or parent-directed.

Original Citation

Hamlen, K. (2013). Video game strategies: Better predictors of GPA than homework strategies?. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2013 (pp. 2115-2117). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.