Gamification and Motivation in the EFL Classroom: A Survey-Based Study on the Use of Classcraft

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dc.contributor Calvo Benzies, Yolanda Joy Montosa Lirola, Ángel Daniel 2018 2019-10-17T11:17:55Z 2019-10-17T11:17:55Z 2018-07-16
dc.description.abstract [eng] For many decades, the bases of education have remained unchanged. In an era where classrooms are being provided with personal computers, projectors, and interactive whiteboards, the ineffectiveness of traditional educational methodologies has been brought into the open. This has caused the reaction of many researchers, educators, and institutions, who have united forces to reinvent and innovate the educational scene at a wide scale. Part of the focus has been placed on gamification which, in a broad sense, consists on applying game mechanics to real life contexts to achieve higher levels of engagement and motivation from users while simultaneously having them acquire new abilities. Despite having been supported by psychological theories, the limited number of practical studies carried out so far showcases inconclusive results. Thus, this MA dissertation adds to the corpus of practical studies on gamification in the hope that someday it will prove useful in the search of a definite answer in this matter. In this study, two groups of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) students at different academic levels (3rd year of Compulsory Secondary Education and 1st year of Non-Compulsory Secondary Education) in a Spanish high school were taught a didactic unit each in an environment characterised by a high presence of gamification elements and techniques, with Classcraft being at the forefront. So as to gather students’ impressions and their previous experiences within the educational system, two different questionnaires (one prior to the experiment and another one afterwards) were delivered to them. Apart from this, they were encouraged to briefly fulfil a weekly portfolio to gather information on what they found most motivating, engaging or boring in each of the classes in which gamification was applied ca
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dc.language.iso eng ca
dc.publisher Universitat de les Illes Balears
dc.rights all rights reserved
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject 37 - Educació. Ensenyament. Formació. Temps lliure ca
dc.subject 82 - Literatura ca
dc.subject.other EFL ca
dc.subject.other ICT ca
dc.subject.other Gamification ca
dc.subject.other Motivation ca
dc.subject.other Classcraft ca
dc.title Gamification and Motivation in the EFL Classroom: A Survey-Based Study on the Use of Classcraft ca
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis ca
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion 2018-12-19T14:00:27Z

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