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Study Finds Video Games Don't Improve Learning

Child looking at videogame controller and at a book

A recent study from France found that there is no educational benefit to playing video games, but there is no harm either.

The study examined the effect of video gaming on the cognitive and school performance of children and adolescents, and ultimately determined that there are no correlations between video games and school tests.

The study was conducted on 27,000 French teenagers in 9th grade, and contained both a questionnaire on leisure activities and a series of tests on comprehension, math, school knowledge and reasoning. The study compared video game use of five different kinds (i.e. car racing vs. fighting) and several different reading activities. Test results were used to investigate if regular video game practice is associated, positively or negatively, with academic performance.

The study revealed: "Results show that there are no positive correlations or small ones between Video games and cognitive/school tests… There is only a positive correlation, although it is a small one, for strategy video games."

Researchers showed that the time spent on video games is less than the time spent on homework, and an after-school activity is not harmful because students need to rest and relax to keep up their performance.

The study concludes: "video games are primarily recreational activities and the cognitive stimulation they produce is very different from the one involved in specialized academic subjects."

Read the full study here


Article by EducationWorld Staff

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