JOURNAL OF MULTIMEDIA (JMM)
ISSN : 1796-2048
Volume : 2    Issue : 5    Date : September 2007

Effect of Digital Games on Children’s Cognitive Achievement
Tsung-Yen Chuang and Wei-Fan Chen
Page(s): 27-30
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Abstract
Technologies’ rapid advance in developing digital media has been extensively applied in
contemporary play materials to enrich children’s play, such as electronic or computerized toys,
electronic story books, television, personal computers, and game consoles. Recently, studies about
digital games in these areas have begun to appear. Some educators have a vision that these games
have the potential to become powerful motivating digital environments and they study digital games
in order to determine how motivational components of popular digital games might be integrated into
instructional design. This study investigated whether digital games facilitate children’s cognitive
achievement in comparison to traditional computer-assisted instruction. One hundred and fifteen
third-graders from a middle/high socio-economic standard school district in Tainan City, Taiwan
participated in the study. Results indicate that digital game playing not only improves participants’
fact/recall processes, but also promotes problem-solving skills by recognizing multiple solutions for
problems.

Index Terms
digital games, children play, e-learning