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Research

Progress

Context

Missions with Monty is a three-year project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The project aims to achieve two major goals:

  1. To design, develop, and iteratively refine a game-based learning program for 5th grade students that improves comprehension monitoring and supports science learning. 

  2. To increase our current theoretical and practical understanding of how elementary students engage with and monitor their comprehension of informational science texts.

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Research Findings

Our team has conducted studies to examine the effects of Missions with Monty on students' reading comprehension, science knowledge, metacognition, and motivation. Results indicate that Missions with Monty has significant positive impacts on the outcome measures of interest. 

Reading Comprehension

Students who play Missions with Monty show more improvements in reading comprehension compared to students who don't play.

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Science Knowledge

Students who play Missions with Monty show significant improvements in science knowledge regardless of monitoring condition.

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Metacognitive Monitoring Accuracy

Students who play Missions with Monty show significant improvements in metacognitive monitoring accuracy regardless of monitoring condition

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Reading Motivation

Students who play Missions with Monty report increased motivation to read compared to students who did not play.

Note: The motivation measure was a composite of reading value, reading efficacy, reading interest, intrinsic motivation, and extrinsic motivation. 

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Publications and Presentations

Sperling, R. A., Nietfeld, J. L., Syal, S. & Young, T. M. (Accepted for 2022, October). Missions with Monty: A Game-Based Learning Environment to Promote Comprehension Monitoring and Science Achievement [Paper presentation]. European Conference on Games Based Learning, Lisbon, Portugal. 

 

Wang, Y., DiFrancesca, D., Sperling, R. A., Young, T. M., & Syal, S. (2022, April). Investigating Fifth Graders Multiple-Text Comprehension About Ecosystems Within A Game-Based Learning Environment [Poster presentation]. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. (PDF Available Here)

Wang, Y., DiFrancesca, D., Sperling, R. A., Young, T. M., & Syal, S. (2022, April). Investigating Fifth Graders Multiple-Text Comprehension About Ecosystems Within A Game-Based Learning Environment [Poster presentation]. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

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Nietfeld, J. L., Eyupoglu, T. F., Syal, S., & Hennes, I. (2019, March). The development of a game-based learning environment to promote science literacy. Annual meeting of International, Technology Education and Development Conference, Valencia, Spain.

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Nietfeld, J. L., Eyupoglu, T. F., Syal, S., & Hennes, I. (2019, March). The development of a game-based learning environment to promote science literacy. Annual meeting of International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Valencia, Spain.

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Wang, Y., DiFrancesca, D., Sperling, R. A., Young, T. M., & Syal, S. (2022, April). Investigating Fifth Graders Multiple-Text Comprehension About Ecosystems Within A Game-Based Learning Environment [Poster presentation]. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

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Nietfeld, J. L., Syal, S., & Sperling, R. (2022, March). Examining the timing of metacognitive monitoring judgments in a game-based learning environment [Paper presentation]. Annual meeting of International, Technology, Education and Development Conference, Valencia, Spain. (PDF Available Here)

 

Nietfeld, J. L., & Syal, S. (2022, January). The role of gender on motivation and performance in a game-based learning environment for science. Annual meeting of Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI.

Syal, S., Wang, Y., Tise, J. C., & Sperling, R. A. (2020, August). Examining the Psychometric Properties of the 2 × 2 Achievement Goal Questionnaire Among Children [Poster presentation]. Annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington D. C

Wang, Y., Sperling, R. A., Tise, J. C., Syal, S., DiFrancesca, D., & Young, T. M. (2020, August). Understanding children's monitoring in science text comprehension [Poster presentation]. Annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D. C. (PDF Available here)

 

Tise, J. C., Wang, Y., Sperling, R. A., Syal, S., DiFrancesca, D. & Young, T. M. (2020, April). How Self-Reported Metacognition, Calibration Indices, and Self-Efficacy Relate and Moderate [Poster presentation]. American Education Research Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. http://tinyurl.com/w5mubpp (Conference Canceled)  

Nietfeld, J. L., Eyupoglu, T. F., & Syal, S. (2019, October). The impact of game-based learning design features on reading comprehension and interest. Annual meeting of European Conference on Games Based Learning, Odense, Denmark.

 

Nietfeld, J. L., Eyupoglu, T. F., Syal, S., & Hennes, I. (2019, March). The development of a game-based learning environment to promote science literacy [Poster presentation]. Annual meeting of International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Valencia, Spain. (PDF Available here)