- Kostenius, Catrine, et al.
Gamification of health education : Schoolchildren’s participation in the development of a serious game to promote health and learning
Ingår i: Health Education. - Emerald Group Publishing Limited. - 0965-4283 .- 1758-714X. ; 118:4, s. 354-368
- <p>Purpose</p><p>The use of modern technology has many challenges and risks. However, by collaborating with schoolchildren, ideas to effectively promote health and learning in school can be identified. This study aimed to examine how a participatory approach can deepen the understanding of how schoolchildren relate to and use gamification as a tool to promote physical activity and learning.</p><p>Design/methodology/approach</p><p>Inspired by the concept and process of empowerment and child participation, the methodological focus of this study was on consulting schoolchildren. During a 2-month period, 18 schoolchildren (10–12-years-old) participated in workshops to create game ideas that would motivate them to be physically active and learn in school.</p><p>Findings</p><p>The phenomenological analysis resulted in one main theme, ‘Playing games for fun to be the best I can be’. This consisted of four themes with two sub-themes each. The findings offer insights on how to increase physical activity and health education opportunities using serious games in school.</p><p>Originality/value</p><p>The knowledge gained provides gamification concepts and combinations of different technological applications to increase health and learning, as well as motivational aspects suggested by the schoolchildren. The findings are discussed with health promotion and health education in mind.</p>