Learning through Video Games: The Malaysian Experence

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This study intends to provide a glimpse of understanding in terms of the potential benefits and harms of playing video games from the perspective of six 16 - 17 year-old Malaysian secondary school students. The rational of the study is to enable parents and teachers especially, to develop an initial understanding of the impact of playing video games before making any judgement on the contemporary youth culture. Thus, a well-informed decision as to weather video games is a new educational innovation or otherwise could be professionally made. This study will be carried out qualitatively using in-depth interview as the main data collection technique. Phone call will also be used for clarification and additional data. This study basically intends to answer two questions: Does playing video games contribute to cognitive, social, motivational and/or emotional development? And, what are the potential harm? Consequently, students view about playing video games could be understood. Then, parents and teachers could play their roles accordingly in monitoring and guiding students with regard to playing video games.


Keywords: Playing Video Games, Students' Perspective, Benefit and Harm
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Roselan Baki

Head, Department of Language and Humanities Education, Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia
UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Roselan Baki is Head, Department of Language and Humanities Education, Faculty of Educational Studies at University Putra Malaysia (UPM). He has the experience of teaching in secondary school for 10 years. He was also a lecturer at a teacher training college for 12 years before moving to UPM. He holds qualification in B.Ed. (UPM), MA (Michigan State), PhD (National University of Malaysia). He has been the author of several book about teaching and learning in the Malay language. He has also contributed to conference in the area of literacy, language instruction and qualitative research in Malaysia and Asia.

Yee Leng Eow

Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Language and Humanities Education, Universiti Putra Malaysia
UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

She has been working as graduate research assistant for the past one year. She plans to enroll for PhD at the end of 2007.

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