Investigating the Effect of the Serious Game CodeCombat on Cognitive Load in Python Programming Education

Wan Chong Choi, Iek Chong Choi

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Abstract

Understanding the cognitive demands that programming places on young learners has become increasingly important. The Cognitive Load Theory (CLT) provided a framework with three dimensions, including intrinsic, extraneous, and germane load. Our findings derived from paired sample t-tests comparing pre-test and post-test results, indicated significant improvements in all three dimensions. Moreover, we observed notable interrelationships between these loads, where a reduction in intrinsic and extraneous loads corresponded with an increase in germane load. This suggested an effective balance between simplifying the complex subject matter and enhancing learner engagement, underlining the nuanced interplay in the learning environment facilitated by CodeCombat. These results contributed valuable insights into the role of serious games in reducing cognitive overload and enhancing learning experiences in complex subjects like programming. The study underscored the potential of interactive educational tools in early Python programming education, offering implications for primary school teaching strategies and curriculum design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEDUNINE 2024 - 8th IEEE World Engineering Education Conference
Subtitle of host publicationEmpowering Engineering Education: Breaking Barriers through Research and Innovation, Proceedings
EditorsClaudio da Rocha Brito, Melany M. Ciampi
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9798350348729
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024
Externally publishedYes
Event8th IEEE World Engineering Education Conference, EDUNINE 2024 - Hybid, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Duration: 10 Mar 202413 Mar 2024

Publication series

NameEDUNINE 2024 - 8th IEEE World Engineering Education Conference: Empowering Engineering Education: Breaking Barriers through Research and Innovation, Proceedings

Conference

Conference8th IEEE World Engineering Education Conference, EDUNINE 2024
Country/TerritoryGuatemala
CityHybid, Guatemala City
Period10/03/2413/03/24

Keywords

  • CodeCombat
  • Cognitive Load Theory
  • CS Cognitive Load Component Survey
  • Python programming education
  • Serious game

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