THE EFFECTS OF EDUCATIONAL DIGITAL GAMES ON 6TH GRADE STUDENTS? ACADEMIC SUCCESS IN TURKISH LESSON

Abstract

Author(s): Ali Umut A?CIT

In this study, the use of educational digital games, a kind of computer games, in word construction subject in 6th grade Turkish lessons and its effect on the academic success of students and their learning the subjects in Turkish lessons through them were analysed.The study was applied to 43 recent students of a MEB school located in the central part of Aksaray. Students from two different classrooms GPAs of which were so close to each other were chosen randomly and two groups, an experimental group and a control group, were formed. The experimental group consisted of 21 students while the control group consisted of 22 students. In the study, pretest-posttest design and quasi-experimental design were used. During 6 weeks, the control group was taught the subjects according to regular Turkish lesson curriculum through traditional methods while the experimental group was taught the same subjects through game-based teaching program supported by educational digital games. The data was gained after Word Construction Achievement Test consisted of 20 questions formed by the searchers had beengiven to the experimental and control groups before and after the application of study. In the analysis of the data gained, SPSS 22 (The Statistical Packet for The Social Sciences) was used. Before the data analysis, Kolmogorov-Smirnov and Shapiro-Wilk Tests were used to see whether the data gained from pretest-posttest had a normal range or not. After seeing that it had a normal range, independent samples t-test was used for intergroup whereas paired samples t-test was used for intragroup. According to the analysis done, significance level was determined as 0.05. As a result of the study, there was no significant difference in the comparisons of pretest- posttest results between groups but there was a significant difference intragroup. Considering these results, it was observed that teaching through both educational digital games and traditional methods has become so effective in teaching word construction in Turkish lessons

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